Ethical Aspects of Psychotherapy in Forced Migrants

  • Solvig EkbladEmail author


For the time being, the international literature lacks examples of elaborated ethical guidelines for cross-cultural psychotherapy. We require an ethical code for psychotherapy, which is based on the five general ethical principles (beneficence and non-maleficence, fidelity and responsibility, integrity, justice, and respect for people’s rights and dignity) that to discard the human rights of the other is to reject our own humanity.

The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of psychotherapeutic ethics towards forced migrants with traumatic life events and to increase understanding of how they are adversely affected by globalization, pre- and post-migration stress, and limited access to ethical psychotherapeutic interventions. A bio-psycho-social model that is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and utilizes a humanist theoretical framework is recommended.


Globalization Ethics Worldviews Cultural humility Cultural competence Psychotherapy eHealth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LIMEAcademic Primary Health Care Centre and Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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