The need for trauma therapy of man-made trauma victims compared to victims of natural disaster, a health professional survey

Description

Introduction:
Trauma Aid UK (previously HAP UK &Ireland) conducted three EMDR trainings in Turkey: the first was in Istanbul on 28th November 2013. Since then, 3 groups of mental health trainees completed 3 parts EMDR training. In total 86 clinicians were trained. Also, in June 2016, the first part of three parts EMDR training in Nepal was completed following the Nepal Earthquake in 2015.

Methodology:
A survey was conducted at the beginning of each of the above-mentioned training courses. Participants were asked to consent to participate in the study and, if they did, they will be given the ‘The Need for Trauma-based Services’ quantitative and qualitative Questionnaire, or its Arabic translation. 63 Syrian participants of the Istanbul and Gaziantep EMDR training and these were compared with 37 Nepalese Participants completed the survey.

Results:
The results analysis of these surveys showed the significantly higher PTSD prevalence in the man-made Syrian conflict trauma compared to the prevalence following Nepal natural Earthquake. 52% of the Syrian mental health professionals suggested that PTSD is the major mental health problem in their country, compared to only 6% of the Nepalese mental health professionals. Both the Syrian (33%) and Nepalese (27%) felt they were only able to meet around third of their client’s needs. They felt that training in EMDR in their mother-tongue will help increase the meeting of these needs. Other suggestion of service provisions and innovations were suggested to meet more of the needs of their trauma survivors.

Conclusion:
This study highlighted the high need for trauma mental health services of the Syrian refugees as reported by mental health professionals working in the neighboring countries. The important difference of these needs from those of the Nepal people confirms that man-made trauma can cause much more mental health disturbance and needs. Recommendation for training and service development for Syrian refugees were made.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Walid Abdul-Hamid

Original Work Citation

Abdul-Hamid, W. (2020, January). The need for trauma therapy of man-made trauma victims compared to victims of natural disaster, a health professional survey. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

Collection

Citation

“The need for trauma therapy of man-made trauma victims compared to victims of natural disaster, a health professional survey,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 29, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26284.

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