The National Centre for the Rehabilitation of victims of Torture in Ireland
An Introduction to Spirasi
History and What We Do
Spirasi (the Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) was set up by the Spiritans in the late 1990s. It was a response to the evolving migration and asylum situation in Ireland and was in line with the Spiritan charism of working with and for those who are oppressed or on the margins of society.
Governance, Strategy & Plans
In late 2017 the Spirasi Board commissioned the production of a comprehensive, new Strategic Plan to guide the work of Spirasi from 2018-20. In the Strategic Plan there are the following six clear objectives, including: Spirasi will engage with all key stakeholders to support / fund the mission to provide wider access to effective rehabilitation...
Coping and Recovery
The effects of Torture
Spirasi supports torture victims to re-build their lives in Ireland, using a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation. Once referred to Spirasi, normally by a GP, a client undergoes an initial assessment and is seen by a therapist, doctor and psychosocial officer. An individualised care plan...
Therapies, Wellness and Self Care
Medical, therapeutic and ongoing psychosocial supports are provided. Therapies may be on an individual, family or group basis. Medico-Legal Reports, by specialist physicians, document evidence of torture for use in the international protection process in Ireland. A befriending service offers the one-to-one companionship...
We embrace diversity and hope to provide an environment which is highly conducive to learning. Spirasi’s Education programmes aid vulnerable migrants, including asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of torture and their family members, not only in acquiring English language skills, but more importantly, in gaining the confidence