Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2016, 16:45 - 18:15 iCal

Vortragsreihe "wiehelfen?"

"Refugee Crisis and European Psychological Response" von Prof. Dr. Dean Ajdukovi? (Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

HS BIG 1, Hauptgebäude
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


The current refugee movement into the EU created the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the forced migration due to the Yugoslav wars 25 years ago when almost 4 million people were uprooted. Mental health profession for the first time massively responded to psychosocial needs of refugees. The lecture we focus on how professional experiences from that time can be useful for the current refugee crisis regarding mental health and psychosocial response. It will also present innovative concepts of responding to the unique challenge related to extremely quick and massive movement of refugees through several European countries. Data show that refugee populations have high incidence of psychological trauma as a consequence of extremely adverse experiences both in the pre-flight and during the flight period. While in transit, the focus is on survival and reaching the targeted destination that should provide safety, rest and respire. However, once needs for physical safety, food and shelter are met, other needs emerge, while mental health, behavioral and functional problems become more apparent. At the same time refugees are expected to integrate in the host society and secure independent living, become self-sufficient and contribute to the national economy in the sometimes unwelcoming social environment. Research shows that one of the turning points that secures constructive life perspective of refugees is legalization of status and becoming able to build daily routines. Nevertheless, some of them remain psychologically and socially vulnerable to various risks, including political radicalization. The effective psychosocial support programs extend beyond reducing trauma symptoms and include several levels of interventions that are conductive to healing, which are illustrated by the "Pyramid of Psychosocial Interventions". Issues about professional stress and risk of job burnout among care providers working day after day with high number of refugees will be also addressed.

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Fakultät für Psychologie
Arbeitsbereich Klinische Psychologie
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