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The devastating situation in Ukraine has seen millions of people displaced; the physical, emotional and mental impact felt by those in Ukrainian communities and beyond is profound. BABCP stands in solidarity supporting those affected as a result of this crisis.

We have been working with our members as well as sister organisations to identify key resources that will help our members support those directly affected by the situation. We also recognise the impact it can have on those where past experiences may come to light and as well as you as therapists dealing with your own emotions and feelings surrounding the situation.

We have highlighted a range of resources that may be useful. But first, here is Valentyna Parobii, President of the Ukrainian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (UACBT), with five things about war in Ukraine.

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We are delighted to present Working with PTSD in refugees and asylum seekers - what to do in which order 

This online workshop is in two parts, presented from 9.30am - 1pm on both 11 & 25 May 2022. 

Registration is for attendance at both days. Delegates will have access to the workshop recordings for one month after each session.

BABCP members £25

Non-members £80

Register here 

For registration enquiries, please email babcp@eyas.co.uk

Translated materials

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (English and Ukrainian) [PDF]

What is CBT? Ukrainian [PDF] Polish [PDF] Russian [PDF]

Journal articles

Griggs, M., Liu, C., Cooper, K. (2021). Pilot evaluation of a group stabilisation intervention for refugees and asylum seekers with PTSD. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 50(1), 111-116. doi: 10.1017/S135246582100028X

Looney, K., El-Leithy, S., & Brown, G. (2021). The role of simulation in imagery rescripting for post-traumatic stress disorder: A single case series. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 49(3), 257-271. doi:10.1017/S1352465820000806

Murray, H., Medin, E., & Brown, G. (2021). Treatment of survivor guilt after trauma using imagery rescripting: A proof-of-concept study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 49(1), 124-128. doi:10.1017/S1352465820000715

Goninon, E., Kannis-Dymand, L., Sonderegger, R., Mugisha, D., & Lovell, G. (2021). Successfully treating refugees’ post-traumatic stress symptoms in a Ugandan settlement with group cognitive behaviour therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 49(1), 35-49. doi:10.1017/S1352465820000478

Holmes, E., Ghaderi, A., Eriksson, E., Lauri, K., Kukacka, O., Mamish, M., James, E.L., Visser, R. (2017). ‘I Can't Concentrate’: A Feasibility Study with Young Refugees in Sweden on Developing Science-Driven Interventions for Intrusive Memories Related to Trauma. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(2), 97-109. doi:10.1017/S135246581600062X

Chessell, Z., Brady, F., Akbar, S., Stevens, A., & Young, K. (2019). A protocol for managing dissociative symptoms in refugee populations. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E27. doi:10.1017/S1754470X19000114 

Young, K., Chessell, Z., Chisholm, A., Brady, F., Akbar, S., Vann, M., Rouf, K., Dixon, L. (2021). A cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach for working with strong feelings of guilt after traumatic events. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, E26. doi:10.1017/S1754470X21000192

Said, G., Alqadri, Y., & King, D. (2021). Unaccompanied minors’ experiences of narrative exposure therapy. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, E11. doi:10.1017/S1754470X21000088

King, D., & Said, G. (2019). Working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people: Cultural considerations and acceptability of a cognitive behavioural group approach. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E11. doi:10.1017/S1754470X18000260

Brooks, M. (2019). The importance of using reflective practice when working with refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture within IAPT. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E16. doi:10.1017/S1754470X19000023

Beck, A., & Naz, S. (2019). The need for service change and community outreach work to support trans-cultural cognitive behaviour therapy with Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E1. doi:10.1017/S1754470X18000016

Duffy, M., & Wild, J. (2017). A cognitive approach to persistent complex bereavement disorder (PCBD). The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 10, E16. doi:10.1017/S1754470X17000034

Murray, H., Pethania, Y., & Medin, E. (2021). Survivor guilt: A cognitive approach. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, E28. doi:10.1017/S1754470X21000246

Bahu, M. (2019). War, trauma and culture: Working with Tamil refugees and asylum seekers using culturally adapted CBT. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E46. doi:10.1017/S1754470X1900031X

Naz, S., Gregory, R., & Bahu, M. (2019). Addressing issues of race, ethnicity and culture in CBT to support therapists and service managers to deliver culturally competent therapy and reduce inequalities in mental health provision for BAME service users. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E22. doi:10.1017/S1754470X19000060

Costa, B. (2022). Interpreter-mediated CBT – a practical implementation guide for working with spoken language interpreters. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 15, E8. doi:10.1017/S1754470X2200006X

Rathod, S., Phiri, P., & Naeem, F. (2019). An evidence-based framework to culturally adapt cognitive behaviour therapy. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E10. doi:10.1017/S1754470X18000247

Grey, N., & Young, K. (2008). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Refugees and Asylum Seekers Experiencing Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(1), 3-19. doi:10.1017/S1352465807003918

D' Ardenne, P., Ruaro, L., Cestari, L., Fakhoury, W., & Priebe, S. (2007). Does Interpreter-Mediated CBT with Traumatized Refugee People Work? A Comparison of Patient Outcomes in East London. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35(3), 293-301. doi:10.1017/S1352465807003645

Grey, N., Young, K., & Holmes, E. (2002). Cognitive restructuring within reliving: A treatment for peritraumatic emotional "hotspots" in PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30(1), 37-56. doi:10.1017/S1352465802001054

CBT Today articles

Resilience achieved through collaboration and co-production: work with refugees and asylum seekers (Meera Bahu, Sep 2020) [PDF]

What should we be offering people who are refugees or asylum seekers? (Dr Kerry Young & Dr Nick Grey, Dec 2021)

Other resources

European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) How to support Ukraine [PDF]


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