Press & Publications

Sharing Circles: Learning from a community-based psychosocial intervention model with vulnerable populations in Myanmar. Intervention. (forthcoming)

SalusWorld’s Researcher Maria Vukovich & Director of International & Clinical Services, Dr. Vogel Mitchell recenlty published an analysis of the impact of the group psychotherapy model being utilized in our Myanmar Project.  This model was created and adjusted for a number of identified vulnerable groups include People living with HIV/AIDS, former political prisoners, commercial sex workers and members of the LGBTQ community.


Service: Psychological Knowledge and Skills Make a World of Difference in C. Shealy & M. Bullock, (Ed.), Going Global: How Psychologists and Psychology Can Meet a World of Need. APA Books. (forthcoming)

Professional service is an important aspect of a psychologist’s identity.  It is one of the “big three” (teaching, research, service) that are integral to the activities of colleagues and is emphasized as a core value in strategic documents such as the American Psychological Association’s vision statement (e.g., “…a global partner… to facilitate the resolution of personal, societal and global challenges in diverse, multicultural and international contexts”), in the principles underlying ethical standards (e.g., “Justice,” “Respect for People’s Rights and Dignities,”) and in general exhortations to “give psychology away” (Miller, 1971; Zimbardo, 2004) and engage in pro bono work.  Many psychologists are seeking the role of “humanitarian psychologists” who utilize their knowledge, skills and experience working as global partners to provide a variety of psychological services to traumatized, underserved and marginalized populations across the globe…


Therapeutic Photography: Fostering Posttraumatic Growth in Shan Adolescent Refugees in Northern Thailand. Intervention. (March 2013).

Recent reviews of therapeutic photography have identi¢ed the technique’s unique ability to transcend culture and language, both essential characteristics of international trauma therapy. This article  describes a process, through which youth identi¢ed changes in self-perception after a photojournalism workshop, using an interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach and conducted in a Shan migrant community centre in northern Thailand. The authors (a) provide a broad overview of a form of therapeutic photography utilised within a humanitarian aid context, (b) examine the concept of posttraumatic growth (PTG) within a traumatised adolescent population on the Thai/Burma border and, (c) suggest the potential for a new domain of growth as it relates to the application of Tedeshi & Calhoun’s conceptual foundation of PTG (1995), within a Southeast Asian context. Results suggest that perceptions of self, and one’s role in the community, did improve within the context of this project. A discussion of the limits and merits of this approach is also presented.


Reentry Trauma: The Shock of Returning Home

Psychology International | December 2011
Members of SalusWorld discuss the strain and anxiety that humanitarian workers may feel upon returning home, as well as a protocol for healthy reintegration.

The Impact of War on Civilians, chapter 21 in “Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions,” Lisa Lopez Levers, PhD, LPC, CRC (editor), Springer Publishing Company

Gwen Vogel and Elaine Hanson
The focus of this chapter is the impact of war on civilian populations. In the first part of the chapter the authors examine lived experiences of war, populations caught in conflict, and the global impact of war. This examination is followed by an assessment of children’s developmental and family and community issues tied to war and displacement. In the second part of the chapter, the discussion is focused on relevant historical and cultural issues that anchor an understanding of stressors affecting civilians when they are fleeing from a combat zone. In this section the major phases of the refugee experience (pre-flight, flight, and resettlement) are examined and explored. Finally, current interventions for survivors of armed combat and refugee children and families are examined. A case study is included to serve as a basis for classroom discussion or to aid the individual reader.


Hemispheres on KGNU Independent Community Radio, June 23, 2009

SalusWorld was hosted on a local radio station, highlighting it’s project on the Thai-Burma Border.


Healing invisible wounds in Nigeria: MSF uses art and counseling to treat children’s trauma
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Activity Report 2005 – Africa
For two days in May 2004, fear ruled the central Nigerian town of Yelwa. Homes were destroyed and people were killed, raped and abducted as inter-communal violence flared … “Making the teachers and schools aware of the symptoms was a way to offer them support so the teachers weren’t so overwhelmed with containing the emotion,” explains Gwen Vogel, the MSF psychologist who directed the MSF project. “It’s all a byproduct of the trauma.”
Learning from Narratives: Understanding the Impact of Childhood Abuse on Interpersonal Functioning Later in Life
Gwen Vogel and Sharon Gschaider-Kassahn, SalusWorld
Journal of Psychology in Africa 2009 19(1); 25-36.


Current Research on Counseling in African Settings, Chapter 5 in Counseling People of African Ancestry, Cambridge University Press
Michele May, University of South Africa; Gwen Vogel, SalusWorld; Lisa Lopez Levers, Duquesne University
This chapter focuses on current research that illuminates counselling practices in African settings. The aim of this focus is first to examine and critique historic and current counselling practices in sub-Saharan Africa, and second, to provide an analysis of the available research that has been conducted on these practices. A recurrent theme in this chapter is an emphasis on the importance of empirically investigating counselling practices and how they are applied in African settings; such rigorous inquiry includes both quantitative and qualitative methods.


Volunteering Abroad, NGO Style
Psychology International, Vol. 18, No. 2, March/April 2007
News and Updates from the American Psychological Association Office of International Affairs. SalusWorld matches mental health professionals with international NGOs in need of psychosocial workers. They also provide pre-departure training for volunteers, and conduct workshops and support for those returning from international work. In addition, SalusWorld develops psychosocial projects in support of international humanitarian organizations, provides trauma training for mental health professionals, and offers mental health consultation.


Transcending Trauma & Relentless Compassion: Indicators of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) in Peer Support Counselors in Liberia – How They Help and What They Carry

Unite For Sight’s 5th Annual International Health Conference. A core member of the SalusWorld team, Dr. Gwen Mitchell presented on PTG in peer support counselors in Liberia … ICP Congress 2008: XXIX International Congress of Psychology