What We Do

Spirasi (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) is the national centre for the rehabilitation of victims of torture in Ireland.

The rehabilitative services offered by Spirasi are unique in Ireland and consist of the following:
• multidisciplinary (medical, therapeutic and psychosocial) Initial Assessment (IA) for both victims of torture and those who have suffered cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment;
• ongoing therapeutic interventions for victims of torture which includes individual, group and family therapies;
• both in-house and outreach psychosocial supports;
Medical Legal Reports (MLRs) for the protection process;
English language classes for victims of torture and their families that complement the rehabilitative work.

Therapy

Spirasi offers a number of therapeutic services as part of our rehabilitation programme.

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial officers are part of the multidisciplinary team that draws up care plans for clients after initial assessment (IA) by physicians and Therapists.

Befriending Programme

Befriending is a service offering one-to-one companionship by trained volunteer befrienders to Spirasi service users. The aim of the service is to reduce isolation and loneliness and to provide support with integration in Irish society.

Medico-Legal Reports

Our specialist doctors provide independent evidence of torture for those seeking international protection in Ireland. Link to referral information page and form.

Education

Spirasi offers 4 Levels of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). These QQI accredited courses form part of the integration and rehabilitation programme.

External Education

Spirasi, as an expert in the field, has developed several training programmes which can be requested by external organisations.

Research

Spirasi is committed to developing best practice and contributing the area of torture rehabilitation.
Currently, Spirasi partners with Trinity Centre for Global Health (TCD) on several projects and University of Ulster on one project relating to the CONTEXT research programme.

What is Torture?

The aim of torture is to obtain information or a
confession, to incriminate a third person, to take revenge, or to establish a reign of terror within a community by breaking the body and the mind of the victim.

Self Care / Coping Techniques

Capacitar is a series of techniques developed by Dr. Pat Cane to help people from all cultures deal with stress and trauma.

Learner Testimonials

Read testimonials and accounts from survivors of torture who have used Spirasi’s services.