Interdisciplinary treatment of family violence in traumatized refugee families
- DALGAARD Nina Thorup, THOGERSEN Marie Hogh, MONTGOMERY Edith
- Journal article citation:
- International Journal of Migration Health and Social Care, 16(1), 2020, pp.77-92.
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the defining characteristics of an interdisciplinary culturally sensitive approach to family therapy with traumatised refugee families affected by family violence. Furthermore, the paper aims to explore the mechanisms of change as seen from the perspective of the therapists. Design/methodology/approach: Based on qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with therapists working in an interdisciplinary team as well as observations of treatment conferences, the study identified the ways in which therapists perceive the challenges faced by their patients, the ways in which positive change is facilitated within therapy and the characteristics of a culturally sensitive interdisciplinary approach to family therapy with traumatised refugee families. Findings: The study identified a number of defining characteristics of the treatment model, which includes the interdisciplinary approach, treatment objectives and concrete interventions targeting these objectives. Originality/value: Through a theoretically informed critical analysis of the data, the present study examined the defining characteristics of the treatment model as well as the mechanisms of change as perceived by the therapists. (Edited publisher abstract)