In 2010, Canada accepted 7,265 government assisted refugees and 4,833 privately sponsored refugees. According to UNICEF (2012), almost 90% of war victims are women and children. Over one million children have been killed in war zones and 20 million displaced to refugee or internally displaced person camps. According to Amnesty International (1996), children’s traumatic events include but are not limited to bombing, shelling, sniper-fire, rape and force to become child-soldiers. Many of these individuals will require counselling to help them with challenges common to pre-, trans-, and post-migration processes. Counsellors may expect to provide services to refugees, even when counselling refugees is not their main area of focus (Arthur et al., 2010).
As part of my practice I co-lead an ongoing interpersonal-psychodynamic group with Dr. Joanne Hoffman.
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I came to a new job last year where I am involved with Secondary School age students who are out of school for any number of reasons: academic failure, absenteeism, substance use, mental health, etc. My eyes were opened WIDE when I discovered that almost every student with whom I came into contact exhibited some symptoms of mental illness. Many of these students are not identified by their families or the school system as experiencing mental health concerns.
You get one of those annoying phone calls offering you the deal of a life time, you respectfully cut the call short and go back to eating your dinner. You've just set a boundary. A feeling of entitlement helps you to understand that how you use your time (irrelevant phone call or enjoying your dinner) is a choice that you get to make and then communicate. Boundaries make it more clear where you end and I begin and visa versa. Healthy boundaries help you know who you are. That's important as you interact with other people.