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A Pilot Study of a Trauma Training for Healthcare Workers Serving Refugees in Greece: Perceptions of Feasibility of Task-Shifting Trauma Informed Care

Fragkiadaki, Eva; Ghafoori, Bita; Triliva, Sofia; Sfakianaki, Rea

Authors

Eva Fragkiadaki Eva.Fragkiadaki@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Bita Ghafoori

Sofia Triliva

Rea Sfakianaki



Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis. Few studies to date have investigated trauma training programs for healthcare workers who serve refugees. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the feasibility of a Train-the Trainer (TTT) seminar designed to bring knowledge of trauma-informed practices and task-shifting to healthcare workers charged to provide trauma informed care (TIC) for refugees in Greece. This study used a mixed-methods design, gathered survey data and qualitative descriptions of the barriers, facilitators, and perceived feasibility of task-shifting trauma screening and TIC interventions in healthcare settings that serve refugees. Thirty-three participants who attended a two-day TTT seminar completed a questionnaire, and 11 participants participated in two focus groups. Descriptive findings showed that healthcare workers reported satisfaction with knowledge gained after the TTT seminar. Qualitative findings indicated three main themes associated with the perceived feasibility of task-shifting TIC: a challenging work context; the relational stance; and broadening the conceptual map related to trauma. The findings suggest a TTT seminar may be a feasible method for knowledge dissemination on trauma and TIC in healthcare workers; however, additional training and supervision in TIC may be an important next-step in task-shifting TIC. Recommendations for supporting healthcare workers and integrating TIC into refugee services are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2020-03
Journal Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Print ISSN 1092-6771
Electronic ISSN 1545-083X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 442-460
APA6 Citation Fragkiadaki, E., Ghafoori, B., Triliva, S., & Sfakianaki, R. (2020). A Pilot Study of a Trauma Training for Healthcare Workers Serving Refugees in Greece: Perceptions of Feasibility of Task-Shifting Trauma Informed Care. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 29(4), 442-460. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2019.1662866
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2019.1662866
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10926771.2019.1662866
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