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Training theories of mind in post-conflict Northern Uganda

Williams, Lars (2020) Training theories of mind in post-conflict Northern Uganda. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 40 (2). pp. 196-207. ISSN 0145-9740

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01459740.2020.1802722

Abstract

A great number of foreign NGOs have established programs in northern Uganda to treat mental ill health following the armed conflict. In this article, I explore how NGOs train local Acholi counselors to work with psychiatric notions of trauma and practice counseling with local clients. The training of counselors and the practice of psychotherapeutic counseling cultivates specific notions of what trauma is and how the mind works. I show how psychiatric concepts are introduced and practiced in new settings and reshaped by local concerns, while I contribute theoretically by framing these within an attentional learning approach.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/gmea20
Additional Information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Divisions: IGA: Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 15:36
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 10:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115054

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