A critically informed perspective of working with resettling refugee groups in Australia

Westoby, Peter and Ingamells, Ann (2009) A critically informed perspective of working with resettling refugee groups in Australia. British Journal of Social Work, 40 6: 1759-1776. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcp084

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Author Westoby, Peter
Ingamells, Ann
Title A critically informed perspective of working with resettling refugee groups in Australia
Journal name British Journal of Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-263X
Publication date 2009-09-23
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcp084
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 6
Start page 1759
End page 1776
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxford, England, U. K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Abstract Although there have been many critiques of the central role that trauma plays in social work practice with refugees, nevertheless, trauma discourse maintains a powerful shaping force on service delivery in Australia, intersecting with, and gaining power from, managerial discourses that specify individually focused approaches to practice. The outcome is a double bind for refugee populations, who quickly learn that, in this country, identifying themselves as vulnerable is a pathway to resources, yet, who then find themselves caught in processes that have precarious effects for agency. Trauma work, the paper argues, however necessary at some points, is overemphasised and over-legitimised, and a range of critiques are drawn on to substantiate this. Revisiting some of the traditional disciplinary bases of social work and human services may facilitate organisations and practitioners to engage more proactively and reflexively with people who arrive as refugees across a broader range of tasks associated with re-establishing themselves in a new country.
Keyword Refugee resettlement
Critical Practice
Reflective practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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