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Group intervention with children

Professor Carlos Saavedra

This article aims at reflecting, in the style of a story and not as a scientific or scholarly article, on a group therapy intervention with children of urban slums of Lima, populated by migrants from Andean highlands, many of them are ‘internally displaced persons’ or other victims of the political violence that hit Peru mainly between 1980 and 2000.

The intervention in question was conducted by the Centro de Atencion Psicosocial (Center for Psychosocial Care) and is the first extramural work experience of this institution. The paper shows the difficulties that a group of psychodynamically oriented psychotherapists face as they apply techniques and theories learned with people coming from a different social and cultural background, with particular gaps and needs, and also the difficulty of framing action at Community level, to move from the isolated work in a therapeutic setting to one involving different factors in a broader context. The story moves back and forth between the views of psychotherapists and the local people on various aspects of the intervention. Finally, it provides reflection on lessons learned.

ISSHR Conference, 6- 8 October 2011, Tbilissi, Georgia.
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Professor Carlos Saavedra

Carlos Saavedar is an anthropologist, with undergraduate studies at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (PUCP) and graduate studies at the Université de Montréal. He has worked since 1996 in various research or monitoring and evaluation projects as coordinator or research associate. He also has extensive research experience in rural and indigenous areas and with victims of political violence including internally displaced people and has been one of the key staff researchers of the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation. Carlos has also authored and co-authored books and articles based on research findings.

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