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RASNZ mental health support for Afghan families/ whānau
A trauma and culturally informed approach to supporting Afghan whānau during a time of crisis.

Sep 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Frozan Esmati, M.A.
Clinical Psychologist
Frozan Esmati is a registered clinical psychologist and supervisor with 10 years of clinical experience in Trauma. She has a private practice in Auckland providing psychological assessment and interventions to clients who have experienced trauma. She is also a consultant with the World Bank Group and provides counseling services to World Bank offices in East Asia and Pacific Region. Frozan was born in Afghanistan and has worked with the United Nations in Afghanistan for four years. She has also completed her master degree’s research on “ PTSD and Depression among Post War Afghan Women” where she interviewed 21 6 women in Kabul. Frozan has also worked with RASNZ for a period of 3 and half years providing evidence based treatment to clients with refugee background.
Shirley Richards
Former Clinical Lead at RASNZ based in Āhuru Mōwai o Aotearoa (Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre)
Ko Shirley Richards ahau, I am a qualified former Psychologist and Teacher currently contracted with RASNZ as part of the Research and Training Team and as a supervisor for Cultural facilitators. Over more than 20 years, I have worked with Youth Link Family Trust, the Ministry of Education, and RASNZ as a Psychologist, Service Manager, and Clinical Team leader. Wide-ranging and in-depth post-graduate training has led me into the psychological field of crisis intervention, challenging behavior, and trauma. During the Christchurch earthquakes, I was the coordinator of the RASNZ psychological response team. This team worked conjointly with the police to support bereaved and trauma-affected families. In private practice, my psychological focus was with young people under the care of Oranga Tamariki, Youth Justice Service. Over the years, I have been fortunate to take up contracts in London and Singapore, where my psychological practice supported diverse communities.