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ERIC Number: EJ837633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
The Movie "The Secret Life of Words:" Implications for Counselors
Cook, Katrina
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v3 n3 p330-337 Oct 2008
Torture still occurs at an alarming rate in the world today. Because many torture victims suffer silently in isolation instead of seeking help for their symptoms of posttraumatic stress, it is impossible to know how many lives have been impacted. However, as more and more torture victims seek asylum in countries such as the United States, counselors must be willing and able to work with this diverse population. By telling the story of Hanna, a torture victim, the movie "The Secret Life of Words" invites viewers to be present with another person's pain. This article invites counselors to recognize the healing power of relationships. Relational-Cultural Therapy and the technique of testimony are explored as viable approaches with torture survivors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A