International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.
This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.
Chapter 9: Disaster Counseling: A Haitian Family Case Post January 12, 2010 Earthquake
Disaster Counseling: A Haitian Family Case Post January 12, 2010 Earthquake
Introduction of the Author
My name is Gargi Roysircar and I am a professor of clinical psychology, founding director of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice, and a licensed psychologist at Antioch University New England. An immigrant from India, I have lived in the United States for 32 years, first as a “green card holder” and then as a naturalized citizen. In my extended family now, we have three distinct immigrant generations, and I am familiar with adapting to different worldviews within our generational systems. I am a Hindu, a woman, a feminist, and am bilingual in English and my native language, Bengali. I ...