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Collective Trauma, Collective Healing : Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster

Saul, Jack (International Trauma Studies Program, New York, USA)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Published: February 1, 2022
ISBN: 9781032139074
3 Tables, black and white
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community-based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing clinical services that are both culturally and contextually appropriate. The classic edition includes a new preface from the author reflecting on changes to the field and the world since the book’s initial publication.

The book draws on experience working with survivors, their families, and communities in the Holocaust, post-war Kosovo, the Liberian civil wars, and post-9/11 Lower Manhattan. It tracks the development of community programs and projects based on a family and community resilience approach, including those that enhance the collective capacities for narration and public conversation.

Clinicians and community practitioners will come away from Collective Trauma, Collective Healing with a solid understanding of new roles they may play in disasters—roles that encourage them to recognize and enhance the resilience and coping skills in families, organizations, and the community at large.

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