In October 2009 we traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq as part of a multidisciplinary health care team, to explore ways of facilitating capacity building. As the psychologists on the team, we were specifically interested in psychological well-being. In this paper we consider the important role that psychologists can play in health care missions to post war countries, and we discuss several issues: practical considerations regarding involvement in this type of work; assessing and managing the risks of visiting and working in a politically unstable, developing country; and the difficulties in facilitating capacity building, including the tensions between that form of intervention and providing humanitarian aid.
|Keywords:||Capacity Building, Trauma, Psychological Well-being, Mental Health, Iraq|
Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Queenston Psychological Services, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Professor, Department of Psychology, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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