Cultural and Social Psychology
THE MENTAL HEALTH OF REFUGEES
Ecological Approaches to Healing and Adaptation
Kenneth E. Miller and Lisa M. Rasco (Eds.)
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Describe a variety of innovative, culturally grounded interventions designed to improve the mental health and psychosocial well being of communities that have survived political repression, civil war, and genocide
• Describe the treatments of experts on the mental health of refugees who have pioneered a new approach to treatment
• Describe what an ecological model endeavors to do in contrast to the medical model
• Describe the effectiveness of an active involvement of community members and the empowerment of marginalized communities to address their own mental-health needs
Kenneth E. Miller, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology and Director of the Psychology Clinic at San Francisco State University. He has worked with Guatemalan, Bosnian, and Afghan refugees and published widely on this topic.
Lisa M. Rasco is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and fellow of the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-being at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has focused on the psychophysiological effects of war-related trauma and on the impact of trauma and stress on family functioning and child development.