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Talking therapies for refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants

This guide is intended to provide a concise overview of recent patterns of immigration to this country, and to cover some of the challenges and issues that may affect
refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants. New migrants comprise a large and extremely diverse group of people who resettle in Aotearoa/New Zealand each year from many different countries and cultures. The principal focus for this guide is therapies relevant for three subgroups of migrants: those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, refugees and asylum seekers. The latter two subgroups often have special and unique requirements. The guide summarises some of the knowledge and skills that health practitioners require if they are to work in more culturally responsive ways to better meet the needs of these service user groups. It reviews the domestic and international literature about current best and promising practices, and provides some practical guidelines on working with and through interpreters. It also provides detailed information to assist those working in the challenging and rewarding field of cross-cultural practice.

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