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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 0

What can be learned from ‘crazy’ psychologists? A community approach to psychosocial support in post-conflict Guatemala

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This article presents a community approach to supporting people affected by organised violence and torture in post-conflict Guatemala. Through an observation of a reflection group session and focus group interviews conducted with participants in a community reflection group for women, it is shown how the practical work carried out through the ODHAG - RCT (Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala (ODHAG) and the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) of Denmark) programme focuses on actively building trustful social support systems and re-establish inter-personal relationships. Furthermore, it is argued that although the community approach uses health as the entry strategy, its aim is not confined to decreasing health related symptoms; in particular, the aim is the creation of social structures within the community capable of fostering social and political transformation.

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