Hannah Jamaleddine is a Child and Adolescent Counsellor at STARTTS. She has 10 years experience working with children and adolescents from CALD backgrounds. This includes 7 years working as a school counsellor within an Islamic private school setting across primary and secondary students. Hannah’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Sydney University and a Master of Applied Counselling from the University of New England. She is also trained in Sand Tray Therapy. Hannah has a strong interest in applying cross-cultural therapeutic interventions with people from refugee backgrounds and asylum seekers. She facilitates clinical groups at schools, focusing on resettlement and refugee trauma. In addition, Hannah works in partnership with local schools and organisations assisting staff with professional development in understanding refugee trauma, psychological impacts, resettlement and crosscultural approaches. Furthermore, Hannah has a passion for nurturing cultural identity and belonging by assisting children and adolescents with retaining their cultural values within a Western society. This includes working with families in understanding their child’s development and needs in their new life in Australia.
Abstract – Clinical Master Class – 3 July 2019
Working with Culture and trauma when child protection issues emerge in a refugee family
Refugees and their families are coming into more contact with child protection services in Australia. These families have experienced pre-migration, migration, and post-migration trauma; including reasons for leaving their home country, experiences in transit, challenges in reception and resettlement experiences. This process can impact on the family’s well-being and parenting practices. Services supporting refugees and their families need to be well informed with culturally competent clinical interventions. Working in conjunction with their values, cultural, traditional and religious practices are paramount in achieving a positive, respectful and supportive outcome. This presentation will focus on how child protect worked with supporting services involved to assist an adolescent and his family from a Hazara background from Afghanistan within a culturally appropriate approach.