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Prolonged Grief among Refugees: From Research to Clinical Implications and Treatment

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Prof Richard Bryant
Scientia Professor of Psychology

Nooria Mehraby
Senior Clinician/Trainer

Grief is a multifaceted response to loss. Refugees generally experience multiple losses in their lives, making grief a defining characteristic of clients from refugee backgrounds. Refugee experiences can rupture the bonds of love and connectedness to family, friends and community; thus breaking the survivors’ sense of trust, security and justice at both the individual and collective levels. Those bereaved may be at risk for prolonged grief, their resiliency impeded by the severity of the event and the perceived maltreatment of human beings, as well as cultural bereavement and the multiplicity of settlement problems. In this Clinical Master Class, held on 10 June 2020, Professor Richard Bryant gave an overview of recent research on prolonged grief amongst refugees, the clinical implications and treatment. Nooria Mehraby, STARTTS’ Senior Clinician/Trainer with over 30 years of experience working with refugees including over 25 years of work at STARTTS, illustrated STARTTS’ work with a case study of a Syrian refugee client.

View the two lectures and panel discussion by clicking on the course content below. When you are finished you can request the system send you a certificate of completion. The slide PDFs are available in the Materials tab.

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