Working with people who have experienced political oppression: messages from the literature for group workers


  • Julie Byrne Trinity College Dublin
  • Gloria Kirwan Maynooth University
  • Edwina Flavin Tusla, Child and Family Agency



This article highlights key messages from the literature on groupwork, political oppression and cultural competence in human services delivery, which are relevant to group workers involved with participants who have experienced political oppression and migration, related to that experience of oppression. Research findings regarding the effects on individuals of political oppression and related migration are summarised and the relevance of this information for groupwork planning and delivery are considered. 

Author Biographies

Julie Byrne, Trinity College Dublin

Assistant Professor

Gloria Kirwan, Maynooth University

Lecturer in Social Work. Dept of Applied Social Studies, National University of Ireland (Maynooth), Co. Kildare. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work, Trinity College Dublin.

Edwina Flavin, Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Social Worker


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How to Cite

Byrne, J., Kirwan, G., & Flavin, E. (2019). Working with people who have experienced political oppression: messages from the literature for group workers. Groupwork, 28(1), 77-99.



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