Justice Psychotherapy: Approaching mental health in humanitarian contexts

Psychological issues arise from “troubled” settings, which must be addressed before individual issues can be addressed, and no matter what we try to assist IDPs and refugees in regaining their psychological well-being, we will fail as long as the offenders go unpunished. We will continue to fail as long as injustice and enmity exist, and services are offered without concern for the social, cultural, or political environment. A paradigm shifts in mental health and psychosocial support program planning and delivery is required.

We must empower both caregivers and recipients of mental health treatment if we are to succeed. We also need to improve the working and living circumstances for them. We need a new strategy, which we can name “justice psychotherapy.

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