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ISBN: 978-0-87101-442-9. 2012. Item #4429. 240 pages.
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In this book, you will hear from African practitioners discussing the political, economic, cultural, social, and spiritual elements of life that have been affected by war. It is timely, in that an increasing number of people have immigrated from Africa since the early 1900s as a result of the impact of armed conflict on their lives and families.
This book is unique in that it connects the issues of children who have been exposed to armed conflicts in several African contexts to the U.S. practice arena, reflecting on the interventions being used in Africa and their applicability in this country. The content is relevant for those agencies and public education systems providing services to immigrant and refugee populations from Africa.
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Section 1: What We Know
Chapter 1: Africans Coming to the United States from Contexts of Armed Conflict: Relevance for Helping Professionals
Chapter 2: The Nature of Children’s Participation in Armed Conflict
Chapter 3: Experiences of Refugee and Asylee Families Affected by Extreme Violence: A Personal Narrative
Section 2: African Experiences and Responses
Chapter 4: Peace Building
Reverend Father Remigio C. Obol
Chapter 5: Psychosocial Approaches to Addressing the Needs of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda
Chapter 6: Global Mental Health Programs for Children and Families Facing Adversity: Development of the Family Strengthening Intervention in Rwanda
Theresa S. Betancourt, Sarah E. Myers-Ohki, Sara N. Stulac, Christine Mushashi, Felix R. Cyamatare, William R. Beardslee
Section 3: Practice Implications for Social Workers
Chapter 7: Assessment and Treatment Issues for Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Effects on Children, Family, and Culture
Joan Granucci Lesser
Chapter 8: African Approaches to Healing Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflict: Implications for Western Practice
Chapter 9: Ecological Framework for Social Work Practice with African Populations Affected by Armed Conflict
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Joanne Corbin, PhD, MSS, BA, is associate professor and chair of the research sequence at Smith College School for Social Work (SSW), in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Corbin’s current research focuses on children and families involved in armed conflict in northern Uganda. She has conducted research on the reintegration experiences of former child soldiers in northern Uganda and on the resettlement of internally displaced populations in northern Uganda. An outgrowth of this research was the development of a training-of-trainers program with service providers in northern Uganda addressing the psychosocial needs of individuals and families affected by armed conflict. Dr. Corbin developed a social work internship program in northern Uganda for students from Smith College School for Social Work, and she has written about the values conflicts that U.S.-based social workers experience in international settings. She has also explored global social work issues in South Africa, Tanzania, and Canada. In 2010, Dr. Corbin was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Council for Global Learning, Research and Practice, which seeks to develop social workers who are competent in international practice. Dr. Corbin is a clinical social worker and is trained in family therapy.
Lynne M. Healy
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
University of Connecticut School of Social Work