Activating Psychosocial Local Resources in Territories Affected by War and Terrorism

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Eva Baloch-Kaloianov, Anica Mikuš Kos
IOS Press, 2009 - Political Science - 171 pages
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In this publication the necessity of activation and building local resources needed for recovery and development is highlighted at the level of individuals, social systems and structures, social networks, civil society and at the level of the community in general. This combined approach is a solid basis for the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and assures sustainability of outcomes. Mental health and psychosocial functioning of the population in post-conflict times are of crucial importance for the individual and community recovery and development of social capital and for the social and political stability. That is an important reason why mental health and psychosocial programs financed by foreign donors are run in areas affected by war. The bulk of psychosocial activities are aimed at helping people overcome experienced traumas and losses and to cope with post-conflict difficult circumstances. This publication will contribute to reducing the gap between declared principles of local capacity building and mobilization of local resources and the reality of psychosocial interventions and consequently to a more efficient use of international funds.
 

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Contents

Action Research as a Means of Mobilising CoOperative Community PsychoSocial Recovery from Trauma
1
Illustrating Efforts of the NGO Scene and Local Professionals to Improve the Situation of Children in PostWar Societies
17
The Role of School as a Resource and Protective Factor for Childrens Mental Health and Psychosocial Development
27
Capacity Building in Specialised Health Care as Support to Sustainable Ongoing Primary and Mental Health Care Protective Processes in the Society
31
An Epistemological Revolution
37
Anxiety and Trauma Symptoms in Refugees After Displacement from Kosovo
45
Assessment of Developments Concerning the PsychoSocial Status of Trafficked Persons with the Aim of Assessing the Level of Intensity of Rehabilit...
51
The Psychosocial Situation in Kosovo and the Activities of QPEA
63
Mobilising Institutional and Human Resources of the School System
85
Mobilising Community Resources for Present Times and for the Future
115
Psychosocial Programmes Can also Diminish or Destroy Local Human Resources
139
Contexts and Topics of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop in Pristina Kosovo April 2008
157
Annex 1 List of Contributors
163
Annex 2 List of Organisations
167
Author Index
171
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