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As a group we do better: Twenty years of a Latin American Refugee Women's self-help group, based on a systemic bio-psycho-social approach.

Lucy Marin

This paper examines the effectiveness of a group intervention in the treatment of female refugees who are survivors of torture and trauma. It focuses on the development of a culturally diverse Latin American Women's group, which has been functioning as an open self-support group for the past twenty years.

Lucy Marin
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Lucy Marin

Lucy came to Australia with a refugee-like experience in1977. In Chile she had studied a 4 ½ years of Psychology and 3 years of Music and Drama Degree and from 1973 to 1977 she was working during the Military coup, assisting people to survive the experience of organised violence and state oppression.

From 1985 - 1990, Lucy worked as a settlement case manager for DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizen), providing support and assisting families from refugee background. After leaving DIAC in 1990, Lucy has been working as a counsellor as STARTTS.

Initially Lucy worked as a Bi- Cultural Counsellor assisting refugees from South and Central America, the model of Bi-Cultural counsellor at STARTTS was implemented during the 1st few years of the service.

Lucy was one of the pioneering staff of STARTTS and was involved in setting up a very successful group program for Spanish Speaking women (GRUMAS), Grupo Mujeres Amigas de STARTTS, the group still continues to be active, they are the subject of this presentation.

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