Sri Lanka

Collective Trauma in Sri Lanka

The ethnic war in Sri Lanka has brought psychosocial problems for individuals and families. In addition, it has had a devastating effect on Sri Lankan society; we can speak of a collective trauma. It has caused regression of all development, destroying social

Interventions and Methods of the Theatre Action Group

In this article I will review three types of psychosocialinterventions done bytheorganisation Theatre Action Group (TAG) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, aimed at successively children, their parents and the community, and teachers. The methods used during these interventions can be compared with counselling methods: where counsellors provide a therapeutic space through meeting the client in private and showing their genuine warmth, respect and interest, TAG creates a therapeutic space through games and

What is Psychological Intervention? Mapping the field in Sri Lanka

The psychosocial field in Sri Lanka suffers from a lack of consensus about what precisely constitutes a psychosocial intervention, also at a global level. By using a number of available frameworks and examples of practice in Sri Lanka, the author attempts to

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.

Responding to the psychosocial impact of the Tsunami in a war zone: experiences from northern Sri Lanka

Three days after the Tsunami hit the war-torn Jaffna district in northern Sri Lanka, a mental health task force was formed. The approach of this task force, comprising a cooperative initiative between 18 humanitarian agencies, is described in this field report.


Sri Lanka's post-Tsunami psychosocial playground: lessons for future psychosocial programming and interventions following disasters

This paper explores examples of unsolicited, culturally inappropriate and conflict insensitive interventions initiated by both local and international teams to Tsunami-affected populations in Sri Lanka. It also explores the apparently prevalent belief that psychosocial interventions can be delivered as ‘relief packages’ to those affected, and as part of project-based, rather than process-enabling, interventions.

Integrating a psychosocial perspective into poverty reduction: the case of a resettlement project in northern Sri Lanka

This article is about the growing interest in combining the traditionally separate objectives of poverty reduction and psychosocial support provision. It cites this development within the broader trends in the psychosocial field globally, and locally. It utilizes data from Sri Lanka to illustrate the interaction between psychosocial suffering and poverty in conflict zones.

The Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka: methods and impact (September 2003-January 2006)

Since 2003 the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) in Sri Lanka has aimed to increase the safety of civilians in Sri Lanka so that they can contribute to a lasting peace that includes a sense of justice. The NP has effectively assisted people to move to safer places, and supported people in interactions with authorities. The NP has also contributed to defusing ongoing violence and preventing further violence within specific situations.