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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-32

Single Session Therapy as a framework for post disaster practice in low and middle income countries

Associate Professor at the Mount Royal University on Child Studies and Social Work, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His current research is related to responding to traumatic events and Transformational Learning in the classroom

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In response to a disaster in high income countries, disaster mental health professionals typically have, at most, one encounter with a survivor of the event. After providing the initial psychosocial interventions, the individual is either referred to follow-up mental health resources or has access to the mental health delivery system. When disasters occur in low and middle income countries, access to follow-up and treatment for mental health issues may be unavailable or limited in capacity. Underdeveloped and poorly resourced primary and secondary care services, a deteriorating health care infrastructure and the limited availability of health care professionals are all barriers that contribute to limiting access to mental health care for survivors of a disaster. This paper will discuss implementing Single Session Therapy as a framework of practice for providing mental health interventions, post disaster, when it is not possible to provide either continuity of mental health treatment or follow-up for survivors.

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