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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-139

Developing relevant knowledge and practical skills of psychosocial work and counselling

psychologist, works as a psychotherapist with refugees in the Netherlands and as a trainer for counsellors and psychosocial workers in areas of armed conflict. From 2003–2007 he was Editor-in-chief of Intervention

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In many areas of armed conflict there is an urgent need for relevant knowledge and practical skills around mental health and psychosocial interventions. Knowledge developed at Western universities, or in Western practice, does not easily translate into practice in a non-western context. In this article, an approach to developing relevant knowledge and practical know-how is described that can be utilized within the context of a developing country. This approach also is useful when working with immigrants and refugees in a western context.

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