Service providers' perspectives on increasing access to psychological interventions for refugees from the Middle East

  • Altaf Sumra

Student thesis: Doctor of Clinical Psychology


This thesis has been completed as part of the examination process for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (Division of Psychology and Mental Health) at the University of Manchester. This thesis was focussed around the perspectives of service providers on the access to mental healthcare and parenting interventions for refugees from the Middle East. Paper 1 includes a meta-synthesis of primary qualitative research relating to service provider perspectives on refugees from the Middle East accessing mental healthcare in the context of displacement and resettlement. Paper 2 provides an empirical study which utilised a Thematic Analysis approach to analyse interviews that were done with service providers on perspectives on a Conversation Group for refugee families and complexities that would need to be taken into consideration for its implementation in resettlement contexts. The paper 3 comprises of the researcher's insights and critical reflection on the process of conducting this research and with a focus on explaining decisions made and implications of the research.
Date of Award31 Dec 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorRachel Calam (Supervisor) & Fiona Ulph (Supervisor)


  • Qualitative
  • Middle East
  • Refugee mental health

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