Engaging the Humanity in Front of You: Family Therapy Task Shifting in the Context of Armed Conflict

  • Laurie L. CharlésEmail author
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


In this chapter, I discuss a clinical/supervision case that took place in the humanitarian context of ongoing armed conflict in the Central African Republic. Throughout, I augment my reflections and ideas as a U.S. based family therapy consultant with experiences from other training projects. Addressed in this chapter are some of the effects on citizens families living in the midst of this armed conflict, such as: repeated forced displacement, fear of persecution, and torture. I discuss how I used scaling up strategies, such as task-sharing, along with participant supervision, to support the core capacity building of host country nationals working in the project. I use personal narrative to capture to some degree the personal and professional complexity of the work in form and content. A brief discussion and recommendation for the sustainability of supervision in MHPSS projects is offered.


Supervision Armed conflict Humanitarian context Displacement Sexual and gender based violence Family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Our Lady of the Lake UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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