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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 36-39

An extra language in counselling and training

1 transcultural psychotherapist introduced and developed the techniques described in this article (Diekmann Schoemaker, 2001). She works in private practice in Amsterdam and as Mental Health Consultant for Médecins sans Frontiéres Holland
2 transcultural psychotherapist, mental health consultant, works at the Sinai Centre in Amsterdam and is scientific advisor of War Trauma Foundation

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Guus van der Veer
Cornelis Schuytstraat 17-2e, 1071 JD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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During our work as counsellors for refugees and trainers of counsellors in areas of armed conflict, we have met with many language and communication problems. Interpreters can help in dealing with these problems, but in addition to that we learned to use little plastic dolls as an extra medium in working with people from different cultural backgrounds. In this article we describe the use of these dolls.

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