The connectivity between the left and the right hemispheres is an important factor of personal growth, psychological growth and mental heath wellbeing. Psychological health is related to proper balance of inhibition, activation and integration between the left and the right hemispheres. Psychological disorders moreover occur if there is no integration between the two hemispheres.
The treatment of a STARTTS’ client had its theoretical base in Neurogenesis or “Neural Darwinism”. S.Freud studied the neuron theory in his1895 work Project for a Scientific Psychology and wrote: “one of the first comprehensive neuroscientific models to integrate brain and mind” (Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself, p. 223). In his research paper, Freud understood the capacity of neurons to establish new connections throughout the brain therefore anticipating Hebb’s law: “neurons that fire together wire together.”
The treatment of another STARTTS’ client was based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. The way thoughts had been applied to the client’s feelings and behaviour – identifying faulty thinking (cognitive distortions) that are causing the problems – were analysed throughout the treatment. Mindfulness, in addition, highlighted the principles of clear-mindedness (in-the-present-moment) in paying attention to self-observational technique (viewing self without criticism or judgment).
Movement is a way of organising experience and a way of facilitating healing in traumatised individuals and communities. Amber Gray is a dance/movement therapist, working with the ways that trauma invades the body and our capacity to move in our worlds.
What if many of your troubles could be explained by an automatic reaction in your body to what's happening around you? what if an understanding of several mental and emotional disorders, ranging from autism to panic attacks, lay in a new theoretical approach of how the nervous system integrates and regulates bodily and psychological processes? Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., thinks it could be so. Dr. Porges, professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and director for that institution's Brain-Body Center, has spent much of his life searching for clues to the way the brain operates, and has developed what he has termed Polyvagal Theory.
Refugee women and their dependent children account for 80 per cent of the world’s refugees. Refugee women are arrested, abducted, imprisoned, persecuted, tortured, raped, sexually abused and sold for prostitution. Rape and sexual abuse is the most common form of systematized torture used against women, which are used as weapons of war.
Dr Dinka Corkalo Biruski discusses a capacity building program that aimed to empower key community figures to become leaders of change. The approach was based on community psychosocial work, conflict management and social action in post-conflict divided communities.
Although modern psychiatry, based on the science of the western world, has many universal values, serious gaps and problems can arise when practised in situations where helpers and victims are of different cultural backgrounds.