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27 Mar 2020

Reintegration Counselling: A Psychosocial Approach

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The present guide is intended to provide key information on the importance of a psychosocial approach to post-arrival reintegration counselling, describing the basic counselling and communication skills necessary to conduct a successful and psychologically informed reintegration counselling interview with a returned migrant. It is a practical tool to support the reintegration counselor during the reintegration counselling process. It does not cover counselling of specific cases such as victims of trafficking or torture, children and others whose return counselling requires specific training, attitudes and precautions. 

  • Introduction 
  • Reintegration counselling: What is it and what is it for? 
  • Psychosocial aspects of return and reintegration 
  • The role of the reintegration counsellor 
  • Basic communication and counselling skills 
  • Communication skills and counselling techniques 
    • Good communication 
    • Effective listening
  • Creating a supportive environment 
  • Reintegration counselling steps and key messages 
  • Returned migrants requiring special attention 
  • Conclusion 
  • Recommended readings and resources 
  • Annexes
  • Annex 1 Key messages to support returned migrants during their reintegration process 
  • Annex 2 Set of values for effective communication 
  • Annex 3 Key questions to help people prepare their reintegration