Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts

Voices and Issues from the Field

  • Laurie L. Charlés
  • Gameela Samarasinghe

Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Marcela Polanco
    Pages 13-25
  3. Mimoza Shahini, Adelina Ahmeti, Laurie L. Charlés
    Pages 65-76
  4. Catalina Perdomo, Deborah Healy, Daisy Ceja, Kathryn Dunne, Kotia Whitaker
    Pages 125-138

About this book


This book brings together a diverse set of clinicians, scholars, and researchers actively using systemic family therapy ideas within the context of ongoing or recent humanitarian intervention. The contributions focus on critical issues specific to the practice of family therapy within global mental health contexts, with a particular attention to the humanitarian sphere. Issues covered include treatment across cultures and language barriers, work in settings with covert and overt threats, practice in low-resource situations, and the creation of a family therapy program that relates to peace-building, reconciliation, and post-war discourse. The diverse group of authors contributes practical information and content specific to the training, supervision and/or delivery of family-based services, and offer specific principles and recommendations for family therapy practitioners and researchers.


Critical theory and family therapy Decolonizing approaches Displacement Family therapy Human rights based social work Humanitarian aid Humanitarian intervention International family therapy Knowledge transfer in family therapy Low-resource settings Post-conflict countries Rebuilding after war Refugees War and conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • Laurie L. Charlés
    • 1
  • Gameela Samarasinghe
    • 2
  1. 1.Our Lady of the Lake UniversitySan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.University of ColomboColomboSri Lanka

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