På Metropolis konferencen i Haag stod Charlotte Kærgaard Sonne på podiet samme med Tove Madsen fra Dansk flygtningehjælp samt Tonet Ortega fra STARTTS, som er et australsk behandlings- og rehabiliteringscenter for tortur- og traumeofte.
De tre kapaciteter bidrog med oplægget: "How peer support methods can empower refugees in resettlement, improve life quality and reduce impact of refugee trauma". Se abstract nedenfor.
Læge og ph.d. Charlotte Kærgaard Sonne fra CTP talte om resultaterne fra Mindspring pilot projektet, som CTP kørte sidste år i et samarbejde med Dansk Flygtningehjælp. I projektet blev blandt andet WHO-5 rating skalaen benyttet både før og efter interventionen. Deltagerne i projektet var arabisktalende flygtninge, som havde opholdt sig max 3 år i Danmark. Resultaterne er rigtigt gode med høj deltagertilfredshed og en gennemsnitlig stigning i WHO-5 score på over 25% efter blot 8 ugers deltagelse i MindSpring grupper. Læs mere om Mindspring projektet.
How peer support methods can empower refugees in resettlement, improve life quality and reduce impact of refugee trauma
Integration and resettlement are among many challenges both refugees and migrants face during their journey to a better life. However studies have shown that refugees face more acute difficulties as a result of previous exposure to torture and trauma. Empowering newly arrived refugees to act consciously and take responsibility in their lives in resettlement can reduce impact of refugee trauma and improve life quality by being an active part of society. Programs such as those shared during the workshop enable the participants to develop conceptual frameworks about the new society thus enhancing self-efficacy and sense of control.
NGOs in Australia and Denmark are implementing peer support group based programs providing newly arrived refugees with a peer community to discuss, reflect on and deal with resettlement issues, learn about new culture, reflect on challenges to family dynamics and develop coping strategies. In Australia the Service for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) has run the program 'Families in Cultural Transition' (FICT) since 1996 (commenced 1991) and currently supports around 90 groups a year. In Denmark the Danish Refugee Council has run the Dutch program MindSpring since 2010 and 103 trainers have been trained to facilitate groups in approx. 50 % of the counties in Denmark.
This workshop will present best practice on psychosocial group based peer support methods involving bicultural facilitators and volunteer citizens in helping newly arrived refugees deal with life in resettlement. Examples from MindSpring and FICT will be outlined. Current research on the preventive effects and improvement of life quality of such methods will be detailed. The workshop will include facilitated discussion providing the possibility to compare best practices and interdisciplinary perspectives as well as reflect on challenges.