‘The Trojan Horse’ + Women’s narratives of political violence and mental health

1. Opinion piece:
“The Trojan Horse: The PCCA Cyprus Conference ‘On History Repeating Itself’ in context”
A short article written by Martin Kemp and Lama Khouri offering reflections on the background to this month’s group relations event organised by Partners for Confronting Collective Trauma. It adds a footnote to the growing literature that documents and challenges the relationship between psychotherapy organisations and the apartheid reality of Palestine/Israel.

2. Research studies:  Palestinian women’s narratives on place, political violence and mental health
a) “Political Violence, Health, and Coping Among Women in the West Bank”
Cindy A Sousa, Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2013 Oct; 83(4): 505–519.

b) “Dwelling within political violence: Palestinian women’s narratives of home, mental health, and resilience”
Cindy A. Sousa, Susan Kemp, and Mona El-Zuhairi, Health & Place, Volume 30, 2014, Pages 205-214

3. Mental Health Practice: clinical treatment in the context of multiple socio-political trauma
Samah Jabr ‘Palestinian barriers to healing traumatic wounds’
“Because trauma in Palestine is so prevalent, there are overlapping ripples of traumatic grief. A young man is affected by expanding circles of injury: he lives in a refugee camp because his grandfather’s home and land were seized; his mother has been preoccupied with chronic depression for twenty years following the arrest and torture of his older brother; his neighbour’s home was recently demolished; his classmate was killed in a demonstration. With this background, how do we locate the source of his chest pain when medical causes have been ruled out? The over-abundance of traumatic events in the environment make it difficult to establish aetiology; the repetition of trauma is a challenge to treatment efforts.