Lives Elsewhere: Migration and Psychic Malaise (The International Series of Psychosocial Perspectives on Trauma, Displaced People, and Political Vio)

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Born from the author’s desire to write a simple and clear account of complex material based on ethnopsychotherapy and migrations, this book aims to clarify some key questions, rather than serve as a definitive text.

The book opens by considering the relationship between the traumas attached to emigration and possible psychological conflicts that the individual had experienced before migrating. The use of fable and metaphor is proposed as a valuable means of honoring the complex, two-world experience of the immigrant or refugee. In particular encouraging a client to act like a hero from a fable can serve to facilitate their engagement with their problems and also serve as a means of linking their inner and outer world. Time is taken to describe alternative world-views to mainstream western culture including alternative concepts of sickness and mental health. It is argued that as it is these views that inform the clients way of relating to the world, they can also indicate various therapeutic paths of treatment.

A chapter is dedicated to the work of Tobie Nathan’s ethnopsychiatry. Through seeking a more flexible approach than Nathan’s to the needs and problems of migrants, Losi develops his own ethno-systemic-narrative model. The book closes with a case study.

This book will be of interest to ethnopsychotherapists, to those working with refugees or immigrants, or interested in the issues of migration. However there is much here that will interest anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of our multi-cultural world.

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About the Author:

Natale Losi is head of the Psychosocial and Cultural Integration Unit, the International Organization for Migration, Rome, Italy

Brett Shapiro is at IFAD, Italy.

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"This book is a great tool for those professionals who work with people from different cultures and want to learn how to look at the process of migration in a positive and enriching perspective. An ethno-systemic-narrative approach and a variety of therapeutic interventions are well described in this book as a way to deal with the mental health and the social and family changes of the migrant in the new land." (Maurizio Andolfi, MD, Child Psychiatrist)

"This comprehensive work describes the psychotherapeutic practices in contemporary Europe that have chosen to treat immigrant patients with real interest and respect. Anyone seeking an intimate understanding of psychopathology, trauma and immigration, will find Lives Elsewhere an indispensable book." (Nathalie Zajde, PhD, Professor of Psychology)

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