Creating Paths to Healing

Summary

Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D.

 

Copyright 2002 by Trauma, Research, Education and Training Institute, Inc.

 

Why is psychological healing necessary?

 

To relate to friends, family, and community

To raise healthy children

To be able to earn a living

To find basic life satisfaction and fulfillment

To restore a sense of connection with God or one's spirituality

To prevent future violence

 

What is the context for healing?

 

Social and physical problems

Psychological and cultural meanings of loss, trauma, and healing

 

What is required for healing?

 

Respect

      Acknowledgment

      Justice

      Atonement

      Forgiving

 

Information

      About events

      About genocide and mass killing

      About traumatic stress

 

Connection

      With oneself

      With others

 

Hope

      God

      Community

      Other people

      Positive vision of the future

 

Healing takes time and requires patience