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Julie-Anne Younis

photo-julie_anne-younis-portraitJulie-Anne Younis is a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience, and the Senior Child and Adolescent Counsellor at STARTTS. Prior to joining STARTTS, Julie-Anne worked in a number of clinical settings, including Community Health, Mental Health and Youth Health services within NSW Health.

Julie-Anne is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, and as such has worked exclusively with this population since 2008. Her areas of expertise include working with clients that have experienced complex trauma, hence she has worked with clients that are marginalised within our communities. She holds a keen interest in the interplay between culture and personality which has drawn her to work with clients from a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In addition to providing psychotherapeutic services to clients, she provides clinical consultation to a number of colleagues at STARTTS. She strives to provide meaningful clinical consultation as she believes that this is a forum whereby the clinician can engage in exploration of the self as therapist, as well as providing the space for the clinician to increase their therapeutic efficacy and confidence. She regularly provides training with regards to working with children and young people to professional colleagues both internal and external to STARTTS.

Abstract – Clinical Master Class – 21 February 2018

Arezoo’s Backpack: Tools, tips and traits for a young refugee’s journey

Children and young people from a refugee background are likely to have experienced multiple traumatic events, often impacting on their social and emotional wellbeing. Despite this, some children and young people are able to overcome these difficulties and thrive in spite of them. The literature asserts that it can be the presence of certain protective factors – strengths and assets possessed by the child and/or young person – that helps mitigate against the effects of these traumatic experiences. Children with high levels of social and emotional wellbeing are more likely to successfully negotiate physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges during childhood and adolescence. This case study of a 16 year old Iranian adolescent will highlight the protective factors that have assisted this young girl to cope with the challenges of her particular refugee journey.

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