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Islamic belief in healing of Trauma; A case study of an Afghan Refugee

Dr Nooria Mehraby

Islamic beliefs and traditions can provide an essential framework of meaning that help individuals to sustain life in times of great distress. Spiritual healing is an essential element of Islamic faith.

This lecture explores how religious and spiritual beliefs can be used in the healing of trauma.  It draws extensively on a case study of an Afghan refugee, a 58 year-old male client who had experienced the darkest side of humanity through the persecution of his family members and his own torture and trauma experiences.
 

Conflit of interest: none disclosed
Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
November 2008, 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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