Bandaids on bullet wounds? Providing effective, dignified, and ethical mental health care in conflict-affected settings

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is a large and growing area of global practice and policy. This talk will discuss the evidence basis for MHPSS for children and families whose lives are affected by violence as well as ethical considerations in these settings. Using examples from our team's work in Egypt, Palestine, and Peru, we will discuss questions regarding the contextual and cultural adaptation of mental health care and next steps towards providing ethical and dignified care for individuals and families whose lives are affected by violence.

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Laura Miller-Graff

Clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies

Keough School of Global Affairs

About the Lecturer

Working within an ecological framework, Miller-Graff’s research seeks to understand how various systems (i.e. individual, family, and community) interact to promote or inhibit healthful development following violence exposure. With a focus on children who have multiple traumatic exposures, she investigates resulting patterns of resilience and psychopathology, including the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Detailed information about ongoing studies can be found at her research lab website, but Miller-Graff’s current projects focus on the intergenerational effects of violence against women, psychological care of pregnant, violence-exposed women and their young families, and individual and family-based psychosocial support programs for adolescents and young adults exposed to chronic sociopolitical conflict.

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