An Integral approach to counselling refugees

Merlin (Terry) Baker
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, September 2011, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/21507686.2011.565932

Integral Counselling - Refugees

What is it about?

Effective counselling of refugees, or others impacted by trauma, requires attention to both the individual and the collective dimensions, without prejudicially emphasising any dimension over the others. Individual dimensions include the interior -- such as emotional states and values -- and the physiological states, including health. Collective dimensions include systemic concerns such as employment and connection to services, and also, cultural and relationship values and issues.

Why is it important?

An Integral approach encourages a truly holistic approach to assisting the individual to navigate through the personal, cultural, and systemic complexities of re-settlement in a new country.

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