Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Refugees have left their country of origin behind because they were persecuted, wrongfully arrested or otherwise deprived of their freedom, or tortured, often in wartime situations.

Features of this group

Added to this are traumatic experiences during their flight and subsequent period of adjustment to a new society. Besides posttraumatic complaints they often suffer a great deal of uncertainty, particularly during the asylum procedure.
 
There are separate treatments for people who were traumatised recently and for refugees who have been in the Netherlands for a longer period. To this latter group belong people who have meanwhile received the status of a legal resident and have built a new life in the Netherlands: they have integrated into our society and have a (reasonably) good command of Dutch.
For refugees who do not speak Dutch interpreters are brought in to assist during treatment.

Concise care programme Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Foundation Centrum ’45 treats people on the basis of care programmes. Among other things, these programmes define extensively the general features of a specific target group, the (possible) nature of the psychological complaints and the ways in which treatment goals can be achieved. With every target group you will find a concise version of the care programme [pdf-524kB]

More information is to be found in the brochure Adult Refugees.
 
Personal stories
"My wife feels guilty about the death of our four-year-old son and about the problems our eldest son has had since that time. She believes she can never be a good mother again. For myself, I also think I’m to blame for the problems of our family. Because of my political activities and our flight my family was in danger. I was fighting for peace in my country, but I couldn’t as yet explain to my eldest son why I was doing it.

If we hadn’t been treated at Foundation Centrum '45 our family would have remained what it was: three people who don’t understand each other. Now I feel safer, because we have had time to deal with the uncertainties in our family. We are now able to distinguish between 'then' and 'now'. We cautiously look towards the future again".