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Ageing and dealing with past traumas in an unfamiliar environment.

Franka Bosnjak

A case presentation of one of Franka male clients at STARTTS who had experienced extensive trauma during the war in the former Yugoslavia, which included multiple losses that had a severe impact on both his physical and psychological health.

The client was forced to flee his home town in a horrific situation in which all family members were separated during the prolonged and unsafe journey. After six years in exile he arrived in Australia where he constantly dealt with his past trauma while struggling with the tasks of adaptation in a new environment.

Through this presentation Franka emphasises the treatment of the client’s PTSD symptoms and underline the effects of STARTTS’ holistic approach in working with aged refugees.

To be Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
26 June 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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Franka Bosnjak

Franka Bosnjak is a social worker with qualifications and work experience from both Australia and overseas. Her work with refugee children in school settings was the starting point which determined her future work with refugees. Her counselling work at STARTTS began when she joined the STARTTS Safe Haven counselling team in Singleton providing support to the Kosovars evacuated to Australia in 1999. This was an extraordinary experience and she has been working with clients from different age groups and culturally diverse backgrounds at STARTTS ever since.

Franka’s professional development includes skills gained from working with aged refugees which has given her a profound understanding of their special needs. She currently provides counselling to elderly clients through individual and group interventions which is important to support aged refugees in the recovery process. Franka is a Team Leader of a General Services team at STARTTS and in addition to her work with individual clients, she also coordinates community development projects and provides professional training to service providers and clinical supervision to STARTTS’ clinicians.

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