Jude Clare Boyles Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jude Clare Boyles

Refugee Council and TortureID

Jude is a BACP Senior Accredited psychological therapist, qualifying in June 1994. She worked within a crisis centre for 11 years before specialising in working with people seeking asylum and refugees. In 2003, Jude established the first Freedom from Torture centre outside of FFT’s headquarters. She managed the service for 14 years. Since 2017, Jude has worked for the Refugee Council in South Yorkshire managing a therapy service for UN resettled refugees.


I have worked as an integrative therapist for the last 24 years. I am a feminist activist within the women movement, and have worked/campaigned around the issue of male violence against women for most of my adult life. I am a trade unionist.

I established and managed Freedom from Torture North West for 14 years until April 2017. I have a commitment to practising therapy/supervision and managing from a human rights framework.

For the last 16 years I have specialised in working with people seeking asylum and refugees, and survivors of torture.

I currently work part as a Psychological Therapist at Refugee Council, working with Syrian refugees resettled via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. I also work as a freelance supervisor and report writer, specialising in working with individuals seeking asylum who are survivors of torture and other human rights abuses.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My special interests are refugee mental health, and working with survivors of torture and other abuses, including gender based abuse.
    I have published a number of chapters and articles around working with survivors of torture and refugees/people seeking asylum.
    I have recently edited a book for PCCS Books that was published in October 2017: Psychological Therapies for Survivors of Torture: A human-rights based approach with people seeking asylum.


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