Guidelines for Clinical Work with Migrant African Families Affected by the Complex and Continuous Trauma

This document represented an attempt to highlight the ways in which CSVR clinicians have worked with migrant African families affected by complex and continuous traumas. This included an overview of CSVR’s overall process in working with families. A central aspect of this process included a decision-making matrix or an outline of how clinicians approached the complexities that often emerged in working with families who experienced multiple, complex, and continuous traumas. Whilst these guidelines have not encapsulated all the themes that clinicians experience in working with families, it is hoped that these guidelines, together with CSVR’s African torture rehabilitation model, provide a solid foundation for future learnings and revisions. The need for constant reflection and documentation is likely vital, given the constantly changing world in which we live and all hope to thrive.