Therapeutic Governance: Psycho-social Intervention and Trauma Risk Management
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
Overseas Development Institute, 2001.
Special Issue: Politics and humanitarian aid
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 358–372, December 2001
How to Cite
Pupavac, V. (2001), Therapeutic Governance: Psycho-social Intervention and Trauma Risk Management. Disasters, 25: 358–372. doi: 10.1111/1467-7717.00184
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
- psycho-social intervention;
- post-traumatic stress disorder;
- local coping strategies
This paper critically analyses the significance of psycho-social intervention as a new form of international therapeutic governance based on social risk management. First, the paper examines the international psycho-social model and its origins in an Anglo-American therapeutic ethos. Second, the paper argues that psycho-social approaches jeopardise local coping strategies. Third, the paper highlights the potential political, social and psychological consequences of the pathologisation of war-affected societies. Finally the paper concludes that therapeutic governance represents the reduction of politics to administration.