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Conflict, Peace and Mental Health

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Introduction 1 The Omagh bombing and the community's response 2 The Omagh Community Trauma and Recovery Team 3 Assessing the mental-health impact of the Omagh bombing 4 The mental-health impact of the Troubles, 1969-99 5 The mental-health impact of the Troubles, 2000-15 6 The Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation: a comprehensive trauma centre 7 The development of a trauma-focused therapy programme 8 Trauma-focused skills training for practitioners 9 Research, advocacy and policy support 10 Planning for and responding to the mental health impact of conflict Post script: the rupture of loss and trauma Index -- .

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David Bolton is a trauma researcher, writer and practitioner -- .


The author writes from the heart, with the experience of a highly respected practitioner and researcher, and with a very personal yet professional relationship with victims and survivors. Rev. Harold Good, Former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and witness to the decommissioning of the IRA and ETA weaponry. This is a magnificent contribution not just to the British/Irish troubles but to every region and every country where the agony and horror of violence has penetrated and mangled the human spirit. Denis Bradley, Co-Chair Consultative Group on the Past This is a book full of civility, humanism and evidence in relation to the psychological consequences of societal violence. Brendan Bunting, Professor of Psychology, Ulster University David Bolton writes with insight in this admirable book. I have rarely encountered an individual so committed and dedicated to making the ragged edges of peace less painful. David McKittrick, co-author of Lost Lives, the compilation of Troubles related deaths in Northern Ireland. David Bolton brings over 30 years of field experience in Northern Ireland to this book through which he shares his insights of conflict-related trauma and recovery, supported with empirical research evidence, with all humanitarians working in conflicted societies. Fergus Cooper OBE, Former Save the Children Head of Country, in Northern Ireland 'If there is one book that should be required reading for our MLAs, it is [this]. The book is a timely reminder that while the Assembly remains suspended and political progress remains stalled, victims and survivors of violence continue to live with the consequences of the past.The book is also designed to appeal to an international audience. There is much to be learned and applied from the examples of good practice developed in the aftermath of Omagh and in the research/evidence-based approach of the partnership between NICTT and Ulster University.I am heartened that people in other parts of the world may learn from those who have suffered in Northern Ireland. But I hope that the learning in Northern Ireland itself has not stopped, and that our politicians and policy makers heed Bolton's message about what remains to be done.' Gladys Ganiel, Slugger O'toole, October 2017 'What prompted Bolton to write the book was the conflict in Syria and, before that, in Iraq. He hopes it will be of use to counsellors and psychiatrists and psychotherapists and anyone trying to deal with the traumatic impact of conflict.' Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, August 2017 -- .

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