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03 Oct 2015

Psychosocial and Trauma Response in War-torn Societies: Supporting Traumatized Communities Through Theatre and the Arts

Building on the results of the Psychosocial and Trauma Response programme started in 1999 in Kosovo, this new volume analyses the role played by artistic and theatrical activities in supporting traumatized communities, through the recounting of painful past experiences by individuals and groups using metaphors, symbols and body language. At the same time, this collection of essays highlights the innovative and multidisciplinary approach adopted by the PTR programme, which brings together mental health, oral history, anthropology and the arts in an effort to overcome collective suffering in accordance with the sociocultural context in which traumatic experiences have been lived.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Speaking the Unspeakable: A Report on the Collaboration Between Theatre Arts Against Political Violence, the Associazione Culturale Altrimenti, and 40 Counsellors in Training in Pristina, Kosovo
  • Chapter 2 - The Exiled Body: A Training Project for Psychosocial Intervention Using the Instruments of Theatre and the Arts
  • Chapter 3 - Arts and the Theatre: A Circle of Barters and Encounters - A Training Module on Community Needs