Trauma and Family Therapy: Reflections on September 11 from Northern Ireland

Isobel Reilly

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    This article draws on the author's experience of living and working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Connections between the traumatic events of September 11 and the situation in the north of Ireland of ongoing civil conflict and violence are developed and aspects of therapeutic practice are described. Coping with the effects of trauma presents systemic therapists with multiple and complex challenges in whatever sociopolitical context they practice. A therapist stance that combines flexibility and openness of attitude with the creative use of therapeutic practices, including those from other modalities, will assist systemic therapists in rising to these challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-80
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Systemic Therapies
    Volume21 (3)
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002


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