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Counselling Afghanistan Torture and Trauma Survivors

Dr Nooria Mehraby

The development of services to meet the needs of Afghan refugees, most of whom have been traumatised by years of war and internecine violence, requires a sophisticated blend of counselling strategies and culturally-informed pragmatism.  Multi-level intervention, targeting different levels of the client's individual and social systems has been utilised effectively with Afghan c1ients. However, counselling is a new concept for many Afghans and for this intervention to be useful it needs to be well explained and 'translated' into culturally appropriate terms. This lecture outlines the approach that has been found most useful in dealing with this extraordinary client population, with a particular focus on cross-cultural counselling. It also includes a brief presentation on the history, people and cultures of Afghanistan.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
September 2007, New South Wales, Australia.
Visit STARTTS at : www.STARTTS.org.au

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Dr Nooria Mehraby

Nooria Mehraby MD is a senior clinician and clinical trainer at STARTTS. Herself a refugee, Nooria has more than 25 years experience working with refugees both overseas and here in Australia. This includes more than 15 years experience at STARTTS doing counselling and community development work with survivors of toture and trauma. Nooria first trained as a medical doctor in her native Afghanistan and later completed a Master of Counselling in Australia.
 
Nooria is an experienced national and international conference speaker and is the author of multiple publications (including textbook contributions) on refugee trauma, cross-cultural aproaches and working with children. Nooria has lectured in various universities in NSW and has facilitated clinical workshops in other states. Nooria is the editor of sections of the journals of Psychevisual and Psychotherapy in Australia. Her particular interest is in developing cross-cultural therapeutic interventions with refugees. In her current position as STARTTS’ Clinician Trainer, she brings clinical expertise to STARTTS’ wide range of training programs and regularly delivers workshops to service providers.

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