Based in London, the Refugee Council operates an assessment, referral and casework service for refugees and asylum seekers with mental health needs. We have helped well over 3,000 refugees in the past nine years - people who have been completely overwhelmed by their experiences of persecution.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1014576)
Refugees from Zimbabwe, the Congo, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iran have complex needs arising from the after effects of torture, rape, violent incidents, loss of family members, home, culture, lack of recognition in society; and anxiety about loved ones left at home or missing. In the UK they face a complex and confusing asylum system, many people are forced into poverty.
Our approach, Therapeutic Casework, combines advocacy for practical needs (housing, welfare, asylum status, health access) with counselling skills. This range of support is provided by one consistent caseworker. This is the most effective model of working with vulnerable people - tangible changes give real hope that they can build a new life. We also run a project for refugee women and a family therapy service. On average it takes 12 sessions to help someone move out of extreme distress.
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