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Imagine a Childhood Stolen: Healing the Wounds of War for Refugee Children

Imagine a world where 3 out of every 10 people forced to flee their homes are children – that’s the harsh reality for millions according to the UNHCR . These children haven’t just left their homes, they’ve left behind loved ones, normalcy, and often, witnessed unimaginable horrors. War, persecution, starvation – these are the nightmarish realities many refugee children have faced. 

The scars of these experiences run deep. Many refugee children struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional wounds.  

But there is hope. Therapists like Antony Gleeson, with decades of experience, are leading the charge in using group therapy to help these children heal. 

Finding Strength in Numbers: How Group Therapy Helps 

Group therapy becomes a safe haven for these young refugees. Imagine a space where they can share their stories, fears, and anxieties with others who understand. Here, the horrors they’ve witnessed aren’t dismissed; they’re acknowledged and normalised. This sense of shared experience fosters trust and allows them to build new, supportive relationships. 

A Story of Hope: Rebuilding Lives in Australia 

Marc Chaussivert, a psychologist at STARTTS, witnessed firsthand the power of group therapy. He worked with a group of unaccompanied Tajik children from Afghanistan. Evacuated from an orphanage after the Taliban takeover, these children arrived in Australia carrying the weight of trauma and loss. Yet, through weekly group sessions that incorporated art therapy, they began to heal. The positive outcomes were a testament to the power of group therapy in helping these children rebuild their lives. 

These are just a few stories, but they represent the countless young lives being transformed by the power of group therapy.  

To learn more and delve into group therapy approaches to help refugee children recover, we invite you to our free webinar on 25 September. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain valuable insights and knowledge.  

To register and get more information, visit the following link

The Clinical Master Class webinars are recorded, so if you can’t attend live, you can watch them later at your convenience. Visit our free on-demand webinars page to catch up on all the valuable content we offer.  

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