Abstracts and Forthcoming

Sharing Circles: Learning from a community-based psychosocial intervention model with vulnerable populations in Myanmar

Maria Vukovich & Gwen Vogel Mitchell | 2015

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.

Click here to access the abstract of this article. Please contact gwenatu@gmail.com to learn more or discuss this article.

Learning from Narratives: Understanding the Impact of Childhood Abuse on Interpersonal Functioning Later in Life

Gwen Vogel & Sharon Gschaider-Kassahn | 2009

Published in the Journal of Psychology in Africa, authors Vogel and Gschaider-Kassahn used a survey and narrative approach to understand the link between childhood abuse experiences and interpersonal functioning later in life. The results underscore the value of adopting a narrative approach to achieve a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood abuse experiences.

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


Linked Publications and Media

What I See in My Dreams: Using Art to Heal Invisible Wounds

Gwen Vogel Mitchell | 2015

As a featured piece in the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Center's Observer publication (July 2015), this article recounts Dr. Vogel Mitchell's 2005 deployment with Medicines Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to Nigeria. Dr. Vogel Mitchell describes the work of developing and implementing a psychosocial program that integrated art therapy to help trauma victims recover from the effects of several massacres that took place the previous year. Scroll to page 14 of this publication to read Dr. Vogel Mitchell's article.

For further reading on this project, click here for a news update produced by MSF.

Therapeutic Photography: Fostering Post-traumatic Growth in Shan Adolescent Refugees in Northern Thailand

Hillary Prag & Gwen Vogel | 2013

Recent reviews of therapeutic photography have identified 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 identified 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 post-traumatic 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.

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"The Impact of War on Civilians," chapter 24 in Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions, Lisa Lopez Levers, PhD, LPC, CRC (editor), Springer Publishing Company

Gwen Vogel and Elaine Hanson | 2012

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.

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Reentry Trauma: The Shock of Returning Home

Gwen Vogel, PhD; Justin Stiebel, JD; & Rachele Vogel, MA | 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.

"Current Research on Counseling in African Settings," Chapter 5 in Counseling People of African Ancestry, Elias Mpofu (editor)

Lisa Lopez Levers, Michele May, & Gwen Vogel | 2011

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.

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Volunteering Abroad, NGO Style

Amena Hassan | 2007

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.

Click here to read a Psychology in Action  entry by Amena Hassan featuring SalusWorld.