Thursday, October 15, 2009


Wrongly Pathologizing Populations

Vanessa Pupavac's article "Pathologizing Populations and Colonizing Minds: International Psychosocial Programs in Kosovo" appeared in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol. 27, 2002.

It is worth a read:

Pupavac correctly cautions against superimposing Western notions of how whole populations (e.g. refugees) get traumatized because it interferes with self-government potential (among other things).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Vicarious Trauma -- Video Explanation

Dear viewers,

Do let me know if this video's language and flow work for you. Also, let me know what else you would like to know in future videos.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Working in Mumbai with Psychosocial Resilience

We in Greenleaf Integrative Strategies are currently in the process of organizing technical assistance in Mumbai to psychosocial and mental health workers responding to the recent terror attacks. The Government of India’s National Disaster Management Authority has deemed there to be a major shortage in professionally-trained, disaster-prepared practitioners.

Greenleaf's programs include Professional Development and Continuing Education that work best in the late acute or post acute periods of mass disaster. We will play a supportive role to practitioners (therapists, spiritual care providers & health care workers) in order to enhance the sustainability of disaster response.

It is of the utmost importance that practitioners do not prematurely burnout or develop trauma themselves in the process of working in the midst of terrorized people. Supervisors and organizations can learn how to manage practitioners’ stress levels with self-care and other methodologies in order to mitigate vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Invisible Wounds of War

A report released this week by the RAND Corporation, focusing on the rates of PTSD, major depression, and traumatic brain injury in Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans. Researchers also conducted focus groups with military families and spouses about these issues and a model of the economic impact of these conditions.

The authors of the report recommend that effective programs incorporating evidence-based care must be developed to treat veterans experiencing problems such as PTSD and major depression, and suggest that such programs would actually have a negligible or even net positive cost due to their mitigation of the negative economic impact associated with these events.

There is a summary and free download of report results here:
RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research (2008). Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. Santa Monica, CA: The RAND Corporation.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Crisis in Non-Profit Leadership

The Meyer Foundation supports capable, community-based organizations that foster the well-being of all people in the Washington DC region.

According to Meyer Foundation's national survey of nearly 6,000 next generation leaders. a skilled, committed, and diverse pool of next generation leaders would like to be nonprofit executive directors in the future, However, the survey also finds that there are significant barriers: work-life balance, insufficient life-long earning potential, lack of mentorship...

Thursday, May 01, 2008


500,000 children working with armed groups around the world -- detailed report from Psychology Beyond Borders

These children serve in a variety of different capacities: as cooks, as quartermasters, as sexual slaves and as combat troops. Their experiences can result in high exposure to profoundly traumatic events, placing them at extreme risk for the development of serious emotional disorders. Psychosocial services targeting former child soldiers are required to help these children transition from their roles as members of armed forces back into a healthy and stable civilian life.

Brief Summary with link to the 100+ page report

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Ethnographic Methods for Disaster Mental Health in Low Resource Countries

Laura Murray and Paul Bolton have worked together to develop a model for how to conduct high-quality research (including a randomized and controlled trial) and service delivery in culturally appropriate ways in low-resource countries. Their approach begins with a relatively quick (three weeks or less) ethnographic and qualitative study to help identify culturally specific definitions of distress and inform the selection of measures and interventions. This article describes this ethnographic phase in detail, and discusses the utility of using it in interventions designed to reduce the impact of disasters.

Here is their article:
Bolton, P., & Tang, A.M. (2004). Using ethnographic methods in the selection of post-disaster mental health interventions. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 19(1), 97-101.

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