Handbook of Refugee Experience

Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery (First Edition)
Jeffrey A. Kottler, Sophia Banu, and Suni Jani
©2020, 466 pages

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    Handbook of Refugee Experience: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery is a comprehensive resource for students, scholars, and practitioners who work with refugee populations. This collection explores contemporary issues including migration, war, oppression, genocide, health crises, and racial and cultural identities to shed light on the refugee experience. The text offers a balance of theory, research, case studies, narratives, and clinical application, while emphasizing the concepts of resilience, recovery, and successful adaptation.

    The first section of the handbook examines the social, cultural, and political contexts in which refugees experience their lives. The second section features powerful narratives from refugees that illuminate what it feels like to survive, recover, and flourish after exile. In the third section, readers hear from helping professionals about their struggles, challenges, frustrations, and triumphs while serving refugee populations. The fourth section focuses on clinical considerations, discussing common assessment and treatment issues, as well as practical techniques, interventions, and community-based strategies that have proven successful. The final section focuses on resilience and courage, exploring the gifts refugees, and their helpers, have received after surviving difficult life circumstances.

    Handbook of Refugee Experience is an ideal resource for counseling, health care, and social work courses, or any other course that prepares future practitioners to assist refugee populations.

    Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D. is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of psychology, health, and education, having written over 100 books across a broad range of topics. He is professor emeritus at California State University, Fullerton and resident scholar at the Alliance for Multicultural Community Service in Houston, Texas, where he works on issues related to refugee mental health and wellness.

    View a full list of Cognella titles by Jeffrey A. Kottler here.
    Sophia Banu, M.D. is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her psychiatry residency and child fellowship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, and her psychosomatic fellowship at Bellevue/NYU Hospital/Program for Survivors of Torture. Dr. Banu has extensive experience working with refugees and survivors of torture in Nepal, Greece, Bangladesh, New York, and Houston for 15 years. She founded the Clinic for International Trauma Survivors in 2012.
    Suni Jani is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Jani completed her graduate training in public health with a focus on global health, along with her medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She serves as Director of Research and Development at Community Behavioral Health, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, and a clinical instructor at The George Washington University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.
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