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Trauma & Treatment

Posted on April 01,2014 by msppgmh

Greetings dear readers,

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Cultural Competency and the DSM-5

Posted on April 01,2014 by msppgmh

At MSPP we talk a great deal about becoming culturally competent and building our skills of understanding how others interpret and understand their world. In my studies, I have been reviewing the Cultural Information Interview (CFI) within the DSM-5. I believe the set of interview questions will be an extremely important tool for me as a clinician serving refugee communities.

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Global Mental Health Film Series: War Don Don

Posted on March 09,2014 by msppgmh

Several weeks ago, the Global Mental Health program hosted its first film screening of War Don Don. The movie explores a post-war Sierra Leone in the throws of a court battle to determine who is most responsible for war crimes. I was amazed at the level of balance and thoughtfulness the filmmaker, Rebecca Richman Cohen, displayed through riveting and painful images. I felt an immense tension in understanding the chaos of war and its aftermath: survivors seeking healing and justice, attorneys building cases for and against war criminals, and messiness of determining who is a perpetrator and a victim. After the screening, we had an excellent discussion about the film and some of these aforementioned tensions. We understand that mental health situates itself within the context of political, social and economic forces - and in this film, we could clearly see those forces impacting the interviewees.

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My Journey to America, and to MSPP

Posted on March 04,2014 by msppgmh

Hello,

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Greetings from Fatimah

Posted on February 23,2014 by msppgmh

As a first year student in the Master in Counseling and Global Mental Health Program, I am honored to be a part of the MSPP community. Prior to matriculating into this program, I spent the last 11 years in Philadelphia in various service environments. I have spent 10 years working as a diversity trainer and facilitator within the context of non-profit and higher educational institutions. I have also provided technical assistance to immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs – providing wrap-around services in low and modest wealth communities. I am a Senior Fellow and the human rights organization, Humanity in Action and have engaged in social change work in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

I love the Global Mental Health Program at MSPP for many reasons. Firstly the program provides a space for me to synthesize my work as a global advocate with the practical skills of psychotherapy and healing. I have gained a tremendous understanding of the role mental health professionals play in providing support to refugees in the United States as well as their role abroad in disaster relief or following the devastation of mass violence. As challenging and intractable as these major problems sound, I have found courage and hope in the trauma informed treatment framework based on decades of experience among MSPP faculty.

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Greetings from a Global Mental Health Student

Posted on February 11,2014 by msppgmh

Greetings all!

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