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6th International Congress of the WIAMH

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 13 – 15, 1999.

SIGNIFICANCE OF ISLAM IN COPING WITH TRAUMATIC LOSSES – OVERVIEW OF THE WORK OF A PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC GROUP

Jasminka DJELILOVIĆ, Alma BRAVO

Psychiatric Clinic, Faculty of Medicine of the Sarajevo University, 71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina

 

The paper presents experiences from a psychotherapeutic process of a group of women with numerous war traumas and losses. All women were included in the process of rehabilitation within the project "Women in Trouble". The process of rehabilitation involved various kinds of assistance, as well as recreational activities. The main goal was to use the therapeutic potentials of a group through communication, meetings and more complex phenomenon of participation within a group. Given are the experiences from psychotherapeutic groups. The groups were of a middle size, homogenous by gender and experienced war trauma. They were limited to duration of one month. Sessions took place every other day, lasting for 90 minutes each. The groups were not open for acceptance of new members and the high cohesion of a group was preserved. The group focus was directed to trauma. We worked on remembrance and grief. Group goals were work on trauma and reintegration in the future. Islamic belief was present in all phenomenon of a group, as well as in all phases of the group process. The Islam was the basic starter and the therapeutic factor in the process of rehabilitation and reintegration of traumatised women within the community.

 

Key words: Traumatic Losses – Islam – Psychotherapeutic Groups

Reference:

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  2. Herman JL (1997) Trauma and Recovery. Sarajevo: Svjetlost.
  3. Klain E (1996) Group Analysis – Group Analytic Psychotherapy, Zagreb: Medicinska naklada.

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