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Voices of Trauma

Treating Psychological Trauma Across Cultures

Drozdek, Boris, Wilson, John P. (Eds.)

2007, XXII, 396 p.

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  • Examines a growing public health issue: refugee mental health
  • Provides the tools needed to create healing on a global scale
  • Integrates knowledge from multiple disciplines including psychiatry, anthropology, and social psychology, making this a highly relevant work in a multi-agency context
  • Takes into account the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and societal factors that shape the individual’s experience of trauma, offering a variety of perspectives

Synthesizing insights from psychiatry, social psychology, and anthropology, Voices of Trauma: Treating Survivors across Cultures sets out a framework for therapy that is as culturally informed as it is productive. An international panel of 23 therapists offers contextual knowledge on PTSD, coping skills, and other trauma sequelae as they affect survivors of traumatic events. Case studies from Egypt to Chechnya demonstrate various therapeutic approaches (and the Cultural Formation of Diagnosis from the DSM-IV), often integrated with social agencies outside the clinical setting. Authors explore the balance of inter- and intrapersonal factors in reactions to trauma, dispel misconceptions that hinder progress in treatment, and provide profound examples of mutual trust and empathy, even how the wounded may heal the therapist.

Highlights of the coverage:

  • Silence as a coping strategy: Sudanese refugee women.
  • Individual and group identity, Western and non-Western healing: a Chinese woman in Hong Kong.
  • Mother/infant psychotherapy with a Kosovar family.
  • Trauma and the bicultural self: New York’s Dominican community and the crash of Flight 587.
  • Why war? Why genocide? A social psychology theory of collective violence
  • Transference, countertransference, and supervisory issues in intercultural treatment.

Today’s political climate has made refugee mental health a growing public health issue. Voices of Trauma gives clinical and counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, rescue and social workers, the tools to create healing on a global scale.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Counseling - Encounter - Intervention - Sandplay therapy - Supervision - Syndrom - Trauma - coping - diagnosis - psychiatry - psychology - psychotherapy - psychotraumatology - social psychology

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Critical Care & Emergency Medicine - Psychology - Psychotherapy & Counseling

Table of contents 

FOREWORD Laurence J. Kirmayer PREFACE Boris Droždek THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL CONSIDERATIONS Chapter 1 : Boris Droždek The rebirth of contextual thinking in psychotraumatology Chapter 2 : Michael Harris Bond Culture and collective violence: how good people, usually men, do bad things CASE ILLUSTRATIONS OF INTERCULTURAL WORK WITH VICTIMS OF TRAUMA Chapter 3 : Robert Jay Lifton Destroying the world to save it Chapter 4 : John P. Wilson Reversing cultures: the wounded teaching the healers Chapter 5 : Jaswant Guzder Fourteen djinns migrate across the ocean Chapter 6 : Catherine So-kum Tang Culturally relevant meanings and their implications on therapy for traumatic grief: lessons learned from a Chinese female client and her fortune-teller Chapter 7 : Boris Droždek The story of Alex, an Armenian man who encounters the evil every day Chapter 8 : Edvard Hauff Loss, reconnection and reconstruction: a former child soldier’s returning to Cambodia Chapter 9 : Marian Tankink & Annemiek Richters Giving voice to silence: silence as coping strategy of refugee women from South Sudan who experienced sexual violence in the context of war Chapter 10 : Gesine Sturm, Thierry Baubet & Marie Rose Moro Mobilizing social and symbolic resources in transcultural therapies with refugees and asylum seekers: the story of Mister Diallo Chapter 11 : Nino Makhashvili & Lela Tsiskarishvili Lost in the desert - from despair to meaningful existence: A Chechen family crossing borders Chapter 12 : Cecile Rousseau & Deogratias Bagilishya Survival as subversion: when youthresistance strategies challenge tradition, religion, and political correctness Chapter 13 : Elizabeth Batista Pinto Wiese I think he is still inside me: mother/child psychotherapy with a Kosovar family Chapter 14 : Robin Bowles & Nooria Mehrabi Lost in limbo: cultural dimensions in psychotherapy and supervision with a Temporary Protection visa holder from Afghanistan Chapter 15 : David C. Lindy, Rebecca Morales & Jacob D. Lindy Latino New Yorkers and the crash of flight 587: effects of trauma on the bicultural self Chapter 16 : Ton Haans, Johan Lansen & Han Ten Brummelhuis Clinical supervision and culture: a challenge in the treatment of persons traumatized by persecution and violence ISSUES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH AND CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS Chapter 17 : John P. Wilson & Boris Droždek Are we lost in translations?: Unanswered questions on trauma, culture and post- traumatic syndromes and recommendations for future research

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