Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers


Anthology of resources: Psychological first aid for low and middle income countries project 2009-2010

The following is a collection of resources gathered in 2009-2010 for the project to develop a Psychological First Aid Guide for low and middle income countries. Resources were reviewed to inform the project, and included for their interest and relevance to the theme. We appreciate all of those who have contributed to this body of work and those who shared their resources for this anthology, with a special thanks to suggestions from the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Ethnocultural Aspects of PTSD: An Overview of Concepts, Issues, and Treatments

The present article offers an overview discussion of ethnocultural aspects of PTSD, with special attention to major conceptual issues, clinical considerations, and therapy practices. The historical circumstances leading to the widespread acceptance of PTSD among conventional mental health professionals, and the subsequent criticisms that emerged from scholars, humanitarian workers, and ethnocultural minorities are presented as an important background to the current controversial status of the concept, especially with regard to arguments regarding the ethnocultural determinants of PTSD.

The trauma of truth telling: Effects of witnessing in the Rwandan Gacaca courts on psychological health

AbstractTruth telling has come to play a pivotal role in postconflict reconciliation processes around the world. A common claim is that truth telling is healing and will lead to reconciliation. The present study applies recent psychological research to this issue by examining whether witnessing in the gacaca, the Rwandan village tribunals for truth and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide, was beneficial for psychological health.

Suffering and healing in the aftermath of war and genocide in Rwanda. Mediations through community-based sociotherapy

ToC- Preliminary Material - Introduction - Making Memories Of Mogadishu In Somali Poetry About The Civil War - The Road, The Song And The Citizen: Singing After Violence In Kwa Zulu-Natal - Maisha Bora, Kwa Nani? A Cool Life, For Whom?

Social capital and mental health in Japan: a multilevel analysis

AbstractBackgroundA national cross-sectional survey was conducted in Japan. This is because the growing recognition of the social determinants of health has stimulated research on social capital and mental health. In recent years, systematic reviews have found that social capital may be a useful factor in the prevention of mental illness.

Explaining the impact of a women's group led community mobilisation intervention on maternal and newborn health outcomes: the Ekjut trial process evaluation

BackgroundFew large and rigorous evaluations of participatory interventions systematically describe their context and implementation, or attempt to explain the mechanisms behind their impact. This study reports process evaluation data from the Ekjut cluster-randomised controlled trial of a participatory learning and action cycle with women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in Jharkhand and Orissa, eastern India (2005-2008).

Can Asylum-Seekers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Be Successfully Treated? A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are exceptionally high among asylum-seekers. Reportedly, stressors caused by the asylum procedure and psychological consequences of torture contribute to the maintenance of symptoms and interfere with treatment. In a pilot randomized controlled trial, the authors examined the efficacy of trauma-focused treatment in 32 asylum-seekers with PTSD resulting from state-sponsored violence and other traumatic events. Narrative exposure therapy (NET) was compared with treatment as usual (TAU), with a focus on stabilization and psychoactive medication.