Nimisha Patel

Nimisha Patel
University of East London | UEL · Department of Psychology

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This paper addresses the challenge to organisations seeking to address institutional racism. It is argued that racism is systemic in its historical roots, anchored in racialising discourses, bolstered and fused by the ideology of Whiteness. It describes an approach to organisational consultancy, where the consultant can facilitate change in organis...
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History is important. Whiteness and its effects of racism is part of our history – centuries of slavery and colonialism, eugenics and its influences on racist policies in the UK and beyond, continued scientific racism evident in our theories and research, the privileging of the norms of Whiteness in our clinical and research practices and training...
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Background Torture and other forms of ill treatment have been reported in at least 141 countries, exposing a global crisis. Survivors face multiple physical, psychological, and social difficulties. Psychological consequences for survivors are varied, and evidence on treatment is mixed. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate...
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The right to rehabilitation as a form of reparation is well-established in international law although with respect to torture survivors, it has been insufficiently scoped, conceptually unclear and what it means in practice, has remained partial and ambiguous. This article provides a clinical perspective on the conceptualisation of the right to reha...
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In the context of refugee movements as a result of a proliferation of armed conflicts and humanitarian crises, the role of international organisations in responding to healthcare needs is crucial. The ethical principle of ‘do no harm’ is oft-repeated but begs an examination of how power and interest may manifest in the attempts to develop and provi...
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Examining Whiteness and racism in psychology and sociology
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This article introduces the challenges of providing psychological assessments of people seeking asylum in the wake of their reported torture. These challenges invite professionals to consider ontology (what happened to people, physically and psychologically) and epistemology (the reports about what happened and how those reports are interpreted). C...
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These guidelines were developed by the British Psychological Society’s Presidential Taskforce on Refugees and Asylum Seekers: "This guidance document is not only for frontline psychologists and others working in the field, but also for practitioners in related disciplines. It is an important resource for directors, managers and practitioners of or...
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In discussing 'Whiteness', a context is provided as to current issues facing British clinical psychology, with an overview of the history of clinical psychology in the United Kingdom, and a particular focus on how issues of immigration, diversity, and racism have been addressed. Following this, the constantly changing training context of clinical p...
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In diesem Artikel beleuchten die Autorinnen einige Herausforderungen in der psychosozialen Versorgung von Menschen, die Krieg, Folter und andere Menschenrechtsverletzungen überlebt haben. Die Zusammenarbeit mit entwurzelten Menschen, die Gewalt erfahren haben, gefoltert wurden, auf der Flucht oder bereits geflohen sind, fordert allen beteiligten Fa...
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Systemic Approaches in Global Systems-Behoeen Solidarity and Defense This paper explores some of the challenges in developing an approach to working with survivors of war, torture and other human rights violations, and offers some broad principles based on the experience of two colleagues working in this field for nearly three decades but based in...
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Background: In recent years, clinical psychologists have increasingly sought to influence policymakers through a variety of means including responding to official consultations via the British Psychological Society. Of course, there are a range of policy actors including charities and social movement organisations and there are a range of different...
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Background: Torture survivors face multiple problems, including psychological difficulties, whether they are refugees or remain in the country where they were tortured. Provision of rehabilitation varies not only with the needs of survivors and resources available, but also with service models, service provider preferences and the local and countr...
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Background: Torture is widespread, with potentially broad and long-lasting impact across physical, psychological, social and other areas of life. Its complex and diverse effects interact with ethnicity, gender, and refugee experience. Health and welfare agencies offer varied rehabilitation services, from conventional mental health treatment to ecl...
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Clinical psychology aims to address the needs of diverse populations, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds. Arguably, one obstacle to developing appropriate psychological services to minority ethnic people is the lack of relevant qualitative research with people who do not speak English. In particular, there is little exploration around...
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The whole world should see what they did – but even when they see they don’t care … we are being crushed like ants, like we are nothing, nothing … so tell me, what are my human rights if I am not even human to others?
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Professor Tribe’s article is an introduction to a special issue on refugees and asylum seekers. It raises issues concerning what and how psychologists can contribute to the field of refugees and asylum seekers and if psychology has anything to offer survivors of persecution, organised violence, torture, poverty and racism. It asks if psychology and...
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This paper addresses the question of whether anything has changed with respect to racism and clinical psychology in recent years. Our experiences as Black psychologists provide us with frequent examples of racism. Are psychologists able and willing to change?
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To what extent do psychologists continue to reinforce inequalities by unquestioningly reaffirming existing oppressive theorising and practices, thereby maintaining the status quo and endorsing human rights violations? Or, to what extent do they attempt to facilitate empowerment by those who have suffered human rights violations, and do they challen...
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The purpose of this community survey was to examine the differences in psychological symptom levels, social support, stressors and the awareness and use of local social services between the Asian and the indigenous groups. The theoretical starting point lies in the idea that the Asian group would have experienced considerable stress, partly as a re...

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I have been a member of a British Psychological Society Presidential Task Force on Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The task force has produced Guidelines for Psychologists Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK. Extended and short versions will be available in 2018. The guidelines have been edited by Professors Nimisha Patel, Rachel Tribe and Bill Yule and include contributions from all the members of the task force.