AIR Thoughts Issue 2: From Personal Tragedy to Global Responsibility
What is trauma? asks Johanna Kistner, reflecting on years of clinical work responding to the distress caused by political, economic and social upheaval on the African continent. She contrasts the rigidity and simplicity of diagnostic "tick boxes" with the complexities of lived experiences of conflict, violence and marginalisation. Through the reflections of her colleagues and the story of her client Josie she raises questions about practitioner-client
relationships, definitions of trauma and healing, and confronting the dynamics of inequality and injustice that instigate and perpetuate mental and emotional distress.
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