Engaging Refugee Families in Therapy: Exploring the Benefits of Including Referring Professionals in First Family Interviews

2001Nora Sveaass

The possible benefits of including refer- ring professionals in the first family inter- views are being explored as a way to en- gage refugee families in therapy. Families in exile confront a number of problems related both to premigration traumatic exposures and to present adaptation processes. Refugee clients and the referring professionals in the larger system frequently see the problems and their solutions quite differently. This situation may often result in unclear working alliances in a context of therapy.

Key wordsasylum seekers / family reunification / forced migration / refugees