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The Navikale Camp Mental Health Project: building competency for psychological assistance to tramatised refugees

Little is known about the usefulness of psychiatric concepts and psychotherapeutic approaches for refugees who have experienced severe traumatic events and continue to live in stressful and potentially dangerous conditions in refugee settlements. The central goal of the Nakivale Camp Mental Health Project is to establish the usefulness of shortterm treatment approaches when applied by local paramedical personnel in a disaster region.

Working with Survivors of War in Non-western Cultures: the role of the clinical psychologist

In this paper the possibilities are explored for integrating Western individualistic models of assessment and intervention in clinical psychology and psychotherapy into work in areas of armed conflict where the culture is predominantly collectivistic. Sri Lanka is used as a case study to provide examples and illustrate how such integration might take place. Directions for training in assessment, intervention, programme evaluation, research, teaching, and supervision are discussed.

Clinical Supervision for Counsellors in Areas of Armed Conflict

This article describes clinical supervision of counsellors as a structured process that encompasses emotional support, education and monitoring of professional performance. It is based on the experiences of the authors while supervising counsellors with limited
professional education in areas of armed conflict.

Good Practice Issues in Working With Interpreters in Mental Health

If access to appropriate mental health services is not to be limited to people’s ability to speak a dominant or host language used by mental health providers, an interpreter or bicultural worker will be required. This article makes suggestions for good practice in
working with interpreters either in situations of ongoing-armed conflict or with asylum seekers refugees and internally displaced people who have fled from areas of armed conflict.

Community Psychosocial Support in Afghanistan

In 2001 Save the Children and UNICEF launched new programmes in Afghanistan. The emphasis was not on mental health service delivery, but on a community-based psychosocial support strategy. The article discussed the principles of the work undertaken by the two agencies. It also explores both these research and project planning which was carried out in Kabul between 2001 and 2002.

Integration of Psychosocial Counselling in Care Systems in Nepal

In Nepal, as is the case in many non-Western countries, psychosocial programmes have not been structurally integrated in the care giving spectrum. Integration of psychosocial programmes raises ideological issues and is complicated by practical difficulties.
This article describes the current situation of psychosocial counselling in Nepal and what is still lacking, such as supervision systems, promotion of counselling, and effective strategies for community implementation.

A Protocol for Psychological Intervention in Refugee Crisis: early experience in Rwandan Refugee Camps

This paper describes the conceptual framework and application of a working model (‘EPSoCare’) for psychosocial intervention for refugees living in camps in low income countries. The intervention’s main objective is social re-integration of individuals with

Narrative Theatre for Social Action: a skill for psychosocial workers

This article describes the general use of Narrative Theatre and the skills needed by facilitators. The context of using Narrative Theatre in the long term to strengthen social action is described. Emphasis and detail is given to the short-term application of
Narrative Theatre as an activity or event. The importance of structural support in terms of management, supervision in the field and on-going training is highlighted. Practical application is illustrated by an example from the field.

Making Tangible Gains in Parent-Child Relationships with Traumatized Refugees

Traumatized refugees arrive in a new country exhausted, depleted and disoriented. Moreover, they have to face many new challenges such as getting legal residency, learning a new language and the ways of a new culture, finding housing, employment,

Reintegration of Soldiers: The Missing Piece

This paper is based on findings from a support group that was run at the Trauma Clinic in the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It offered an intensive vocational training course with psychosocial interventions over a period of three months. The psychosocial interventions included a two-hour weekly psycho-education programme and a two-hour weekly support group intervention.

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