“Psychological competence is needed in order to meet refugees who has trauma or other psychological challenges, which can affect the establishment in any society”.
– Conflict Prevention Group
The all encompassing refuge situation has created challenges for national governmental bodies as well as for local municipalities, on how to exactly administer the housing, education, hobbies and work for all the refuges who has arrived.
Health is an important factor for our new citizens establishing themselves in our societies. Beyond the challenge related to refugee situation in their home country and the escape to a foreign country, which can be the origin to different types of trauma, there are other regular well-known issues in the integration into the new society.
The psychological and the physical health are both influenced by the experience of not understanding a society one arrives at. For example; lack of network, contact with local natives, conflicts amongst other refugees, language barriers, lack of safety and trust.
Within the limited resources and framework, increased stress for personnel and psychological overload for the refugees has easily led to conflicts at the temporary asylum residents.
To prevent and handling trauma and other psychological challenges, puts demand on the people in charge, but also on the personnel who are taking care of the new arrivals and holds a mediation function between them all.
The need for qualified competence is high! We are in need of deep knowledge about which psychological factors creates unease and fear. There is also a great need for self awareness with the Supervisor/leader/mediator/counselor about his or hers own significance in the situation and means of reaction.
Our education focus on three core competences:
- Knowledge of the migration process, including health concerns for the refuges and the factors that influence the psychological and physical health. Ex. Experience of crisis, language difficulties, lack of network, lack of trust, change of lifestyle.
- Knowledge of trauma and other psychological problems. Ex. Anxiety, fear, experiences of culture and world-conflicts that influences the establishment in the Swedish society.
- Own psychological competence and self awareness for the supervisor or those responsible on site, to provide a qualified, safe and open-minded meeting with the refugees with varying problems, for children as well as adults.