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Working Psychologically with Asylum Seekers whose Claims have been Rejected

Guy Coffey

In this presentation Guy Coffey explores his work with asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected. There are a group of asylum seekers who have experienced trauma and, who as a consequence, are in need of psychological treatment and security, but who are not owed protection. Among this group are clients whom we treat but who are repatriated. This cohort of clients can be categorised in two groups which have implications for our work: that of legal status and mental health status. There are some clients for whom no further assertion of their claims is warranted.  

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10 August 2016

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Guy Coffey

Guy Coffey is a clinical psychologist and a lawyer who has conducted psychological assessments of detained asylum seekers for the past 20 years. Guy has worked as a clinical psychologist for over 25 years in public mental health and specialist psychological trauma services. He is currently the Direct Services Coordinator at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST); he is a sessional clinical psychological at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service; the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, as well as holding a small forensic private practice. He also works part time at Victoria Legal Aid where he is a solicitor in the migration and refugee team. His particular interests are refugee mental health; and psychological evidence in legal decision making, particularly in relation to refugee status determination and in the criminal courts. He is the author of multiple publications and he regularly takes part in various submissions raising concerns about the rights and mental health of asylum seekers and detainees.

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