1st Edition

Systemic Interventions for Collective and National Trauma
Theory, Practice, and Evaluation

ISBN 9781138892446
Published September 17, 2015 by Routledge
248 Pages

USD $60.95

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Book Description

Systemic Interventions for Collective and National Trauma explains the theoretical basis for understanding collective and national trauma through the concept of systems theory, and gives ways of implementing systems theory in interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Particular attention is given to the use of socio-political and cultural aspects of interventions with victims, as well as to the ethical codes that social workers and other mental health professionals need to integrate in their work with collective/national trauma. Separated into two distinct parts on theory and practice, this volume is appropriate for practitioners as well as students in advanced courses.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Theory of Collective and National Trauma. 1 Exploring Collective and National Trauma. 2 Impact of Collective and National Trauma. 3 The Role of Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers in Situations of Collective and National Trauma. Part II: Mental Health and Psychosocial Systemic Interventions in Situations of Collective and National Trauma.4 Systemic Intervention in Situations of Collective and National Trauma. 5 Impact of Interventions on the Helpers' System. 6 Evaluation of Systemic Interventions in Situations of National and Collective Trauma.

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Michal Shamai, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work in the University of Haifa, Israel.


"Dr. Shamai offers both wisdom and science in her exploration of collective trauma and how to intervene in its wake.  She engages the reader in a dialogue that stirs thoughtful insights, but does not pretend to offer all the answers. Her book is an unusually intelligent, mature contribution that will be appealing to both clinicians and researchers involved in understanding and responding to terrorism, war, disaster, and mass casualty."—Stevan E. Hobfoll, PhD, Presidential Professor and Chair of Rush Medical College, Chicago.

"Finally, an immensely readable work on trauma that brings a systems perspective to this complex area of practice. This work will be useful to any social worker or other mental health care provider who needs to understand how large scale traumatic events affect people for generations. With examples drawn from around the world, and practical approaches to intervention, the book provides a much needed guide to what makes an event traumatic, and how we can help people experience resilience afterwards."—Michael Ungar, PhD, Director, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University.