In the Lion’S Mouth: Hopeandheartbreakinhumanitarianassistance2nded

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Xlibris Corporation, Nov 22, 2013 - Social Science - 298 pages
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"In the Lions Mouth is essential reading for scholars and field workers advancing humanitarian aid and human rights in the developing world. The book also provides cogent insight and information for clinicians who implement community mental health."
Dr. David Swanger, Professor Emeritus, University of. California, Santa Cruz

"This book reminds us that precursors of counseling and therapy have been in practice for thousands of years around the world and that counseling was not a Euro-American invention of the last few decades. Lewis Aptekar brings us with him as he seeks to reframe counseling and therapy 'outside the envelope'"
Dr Paul B. Pedersen, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University

"Lewis Aptekar is one of the few scholars who places respect for the reality experienced by the people he studies above the illusion of the categories used in humanitarian aid. This ethical principle guides him and confronts him with dilemmas that an intelligent inquirer cannot avoid when facing people in difficult situations."
Dr. Daniel Stoecklin, Professor, Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosh, IUKB, Childrens Rights Unit, Sion, Switzerland

Can you imagine yourself living in Kaliti, a displaced person's camp in Ethiopia because you want to know what it's like to be such a person in such a place? But it's not just curiosity that takes you there. You are a skilled, well-practiced observer of human behavior in situ, so you know what to look for, what to record. And you are a first-class writer, easy to read, whose accounts of what he saw and heard are transmitted with enough detail, enough conveying of emotion that the reader is simultaneously moved while being informed, that you feel as if you, too, are there, in this camp in Ethiopia. The author of this compelling account of the strengths and weaknesses of humanitarian aid programs as exemplified by this particular but not atypical instance is Lewis Aptekar. This book is, in my opinion, as good as his earlier two classics, Street Children of Cali (1988) and Emotional Disasters in Global perspective (1994).
Dr. Marshall Segall, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University
 

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Contents

first impressions
1
Developing a primary public mental health program direct care for people with mental disorders
57
Helping vulnerable groups using a secondary mental health model
99
Developing a tertiary mental health program building the civil politic vacation to Lake Langano more on limitations
138
The public mental health approach summary suggestions problems and recommendations
182
Fire Razes Homes in Displaced Camp Local newspaper
218
Bibliography
237
Appendix A
257
Appendix B
269
Index
275
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Lewis Aptekar received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently Professor of Counselor Education at San Jose State University. Among his academic awards are two Fulbright scholarships (Colombia and Swaziland) and a Senior Fulbright Scholar award (Honduras). Aptekar has been Nehru Visiting Professor (University of Baroda, India); has held a Kellogg Foundation/Partners of the Americas Fellowship in International Development, a Rotarian International Ambassadorship (Zambia), and a scholarly residency at the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center (Italy). He is past President of the Society of Cross-cultural Research; and is on the editorial board of Child Abuse and Neglect, Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS (SAHARA), and the Journal of Psychology in Africa. Aptekar has received research grants from the National Science Foundation to study street children in Kenya, and from the Natural Hazards and Research Applications Center to study post traumatic responses after natural disasters. His books include Street Children of Cali (Duke University Press, 1988) and Environmental Disasters in Global Perspective (G. K. Hall/Macmillan, 1994).

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