New Counseling Model for Addressing Refugee Trauma Offers Hope and Healing

Due to the rapidly rising number of global refugees, counselors are increasingly being called on to provide culturally responsive services to migrants experiencing high rates of posttraumatic stress and psychopathology. Counseling focusing on the unique challenges of refugee premigration displacement and postmigration adjustment is complex and requires understanding the psychological, cultural, sociopolitical, historical, ecological, and economic dynamics that contribute to the refugee experience. The article “Refugee Trauma: Culturally Responsive Counseling Interventions,” by Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung, published in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD), presents a new model—the Multiphase Model of Psychotherapy, Counseling, Social Justice, and Human Rights—that offers a 5-phase intervention approach to integrating culturally responsive Western psychotherapy with indigenous healing methods, cultural empowerment, psychosocial interventions, and social justice/human rights. This article is published within a special section on traumatology in the current issue of JCD. Other topics covered include ethical guidelines for mass trauma emergencies, treating adults with complex trauma, and a social learning perspective on childhood trauma and same-sex intimate partner violence.

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Refugee Trauma: Culturally Responsive Counseling Interventions
Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung


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Special Section: Traumatology
Editor’s Introduction
Jane M. Webber, Guest Editor

Traumatology Trends: A Content Analysis of Three Counseling Journals From 1994 to 2014
Jane M. Webber, Robert Kitzinger, Julia K. Runte, Carol M. Smith, and J. Barry Mascari

Ethical Guidelines for Mass Trauma and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Vilia M. Tarvydas, Lisa Lopez Levers, and Peter R. Teahen

Clinicians’ Experiences of Shared Trauma After the Shootings at Virginia Tech
Kristen W. Day, Gerard Lawson, and Penny Burge

Trauma Competency: An Active Ingredients Approach to Treating PTSD
J. Eric Gentry, Anna B. Baranowsky, and Robert Rhoton

Treating Adults With Complex Trauma: An Evidence-Based Case Study
David M. Lawson

Trauma and Resilience Among Refugee and Undocumented Immigrant Women
Rachael D. Goodman, Colleen K. Vesely, Bethany Letiecq, and Carol L. Cleaveland

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Emotion-Focused Coping Among Disaster Mental Health Counselors
Allison Marsh Pow and Craig S. Cashwell

A Social Learning Perspective on Childhood Trauma and Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence
Lamerial Jacobson, Andrew P. Daire, Eileen M. Abel, and Glenn W. Lambie

Meta-Analysis of Trauma-Focused Therapies for Treating the Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A. Stephen Lenz, Abdulkadir Haktanir, and Karisse Callender

Systemic Barriers Faced by Women Attempting to Leave Abusive Military Marriages
Erin Kern

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