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Collective Trauma, Collective Healing

Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster (Routledge Mental Health Classic Editions)

Jack Saul


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/16/2013)
Hardcover (7/31/2013)
Hardcover (2/1/2022)


Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community-based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing clinical services that are both culturally and contextually appropriate. The classic edition includes a new preface from the author reflecting on changes to the field and the world since the book's initial publication.

The book draws on experience working with survivors, their families, and communities in the Holocaust, post-war Kosovo, the Liberian civil wars, and post-9/11 Lower Manhattan. It tracks the development of community programs and projects based on a family and community resilience approach, including those that enhance the collective capacities for narration and public conversation.

Clinicians and community practitioners will come away from Collective Trauma, Collective Healing with a solid understanding of new roles they may play in disasters-roles that encourage them to recognize and enhance the resilience and coping skills in families, organizations, and the community at large.

Routledge, 9781032139074, 220pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

About the Author

Jack Saul, PhD, is the founding director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP), a research and training institute based in New York City. ITSP is committed to enhancing the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events. He has served on the faculties of New York University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, the New School for Social Research, Clinical Psychology Program, and Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. As a psychologist and family therapist, he has created a number of clinical and community-based programs in NYC and abroad for populations that have endured disaster, war, torture, and political violence. He consults with international organizations and has a private practice in Manhattan.