Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Support in Host Countries: State-of-the-Art and Emerging Paradigms

  • Boris DrožđekEmail author
  • Derrick Silove


Refugees may present with a constellation of mental health and psychosocial problems caused by a combination of exposure to violence and current and ongoing stress. In order to understand the complexity of their experiences, different models and frameworks have been developed. Most converge in attempting to provide an exhaustive and inclusive account of the diversity of mental health and existential impacts incurred as a consequence of exposure to often multiple human rights violations, experiences of forced migration and the stress of relocation. For those refugees in need of assistance for overt mental health problems, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial approaches have been developed, and these will be described together with suggestions and possible directions for future research.


Refugee Asylum seeker PTSD Trauma Migration Psychotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PsyQ/Parnassia GroupRosmalen/EindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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