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Self-harm and suicide risk amongst asylum seekers.

Omara Memon

Working with asylum seeker clients presenting with self harm and suicidality is a challenging and anxiety provoking experience for clinicians. Omara will present two cases, different in their clinical presentations, yet equally interesting in their responses to treatment.
The first case is a Kurdish former asylum seeker who spent time in detention, and has a history of being assessed for suicide risk and the need for support and a containing space. He presents with significant irritability, restlessness and impulsivity. His trauma history is unknown.

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
01 August 2012, New South Wales, Australia.
Visit STARTTS at : www.STARTTS.org.au

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Omara Memon

Omara Memon is a psychologist, having completed six years of education and training, including a Master of Forensic Psychology. Her training enables her to conduct psychological assessments and formulate appropriate treatment for various mental health disorders.

Currently, she is employed by STARTTS as a psychologist and has four years experience assessing and subsequently treating refugee survivors of torture and trauma. During her work at STARTTS Omara has had the opportunity to work with a range of clients, including individuals in detention, asylum seekers in the community and children. She has also been involved in running therapeutic groups, particularly for young children, as well as providing training to external agencies about working with refugees.

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