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Workshop 6

Wednesday 19 April: 1.30 - 4.30pm

Cognitive Therapy for PTSD with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Dr Hannah Murray, Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, University of Oxford


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Trauma-focused psychological therapies like Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) have an excellent evidence base for treating PTSD. However, refugees and asylum-seekers are often excluded from treatment studies and may not be offered evidence-based treatments in routine clinical services.

In this workshop, we will consider how best to address the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers presenting with PTSD including how to tailor CT-PTSD to meet common issues for this client group, including unstable living situations, social isolation, possible future threats, language and cultural considerations, and exposure to multiple traumas.

The workshop will equip therapists with additional knowledge and skills to help them work effectively with refugees and asylum-seekers. Although PTSD will be the focus, and CT-PTSD the primary treatment discussed, learning from this workshop will be relevant for therapists working with this client group presenting with other disorders and with different modalities.

Key learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the current evidence base of trauma-focused psychological therapies in refugees and asylum-seekers
  • Identify common needs in refugee and asylum-seeker clients with PTSD
  • Consider possible ways to tailor cognitive therapy for PTSD to work effectively with refugees and asylum-seekers

Dr Hannah Murray is a Research Clinical Psychologist at the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, University of Oxford. She is involved in the development and dissemination of cognitive therapy for PTSD and teaches, writes and supervises on this topic.

Key references

Ehlers, A. & Murray, H. L. (2020). Cognitive therapy. In C.A. Courtois & J.D. Ford (Eds.), Treating complex traumatic stress disorders (adults): Scientific foundations and therapeutic models, 2nd ed. (pp. 226-248). New York: Guilford Press.

Grey, N., & Young, K. (2008). Cognitive behaviour therapy with refugees and asylum seekers experiencing traumatic stress symptoms. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy36(1), 3-19.

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