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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108-117

Working with Survivors of War in Non-western Cultures: the role of the clinical psychologist

Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. She is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California. Much of this paper was prompted by her experiences while working in Sri Lanka as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in 2000/2001. She may be contacted at

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In this paper the possibilities are explored for integrating Western individualistic models of assessment and intervention in clinical psychology and psychotherapy into work in areas of armed conflict where the culture is predominantly collectivistic. Sri Lanka is used as a case study to provide examples and illustrate how such integration might take place. Directions for training in assessment, intervention, programme evaluation, research, teaching, and supervision are discussed.

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