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Societies 2018, 8(3), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030047

Islamic Trauma Healing: Initial Feasibility and Pilot Data

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Department of Psychology/Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA
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Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7123, USA
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Department of Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA 98119-1997, USA
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Somali Reconciliation Institute, Seattle, WA, USA
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Received: 3 May 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 28 June 2018 / Published: 2 July 2018
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Effective interventions for trauma-related psychopathology exist but there are considerable barriers to access and uptake by refugee groups. There is a clear need for culturally appropriate and accessible interventions designed in collaboration with refugee groups. Islamic Trauma Healing is a lay led, group intervention specifically targeting healing the mental wounds of trauma within local mosques. Using Prophet stories and turning to Allah about traumatic experiences, this program incorporates cognitive and exposure principles into an Islamic-informed intervention. In Study 1, following a community event describing the program, 39 Somali participants completed a brief trauma screening and interest measure. In Study 2, pre- to post-group pilot data related to PTSD, depression, somatic symptoms, well-being, and satisfaction was examined for men’s and women’s groups (N = 13). Qualitative analysis of group and leader feedback was conducted. Both studies suggest a strong perceived need and match with the Islamic faith for the intervention, with large effects from the pre- to post-group (g = 0.76 to 3.22). Qualitative analysis identified themes of community, faith integration, healing, and growth. The program was well-received by participants and offers a promising model for the delivery of trauma-focused intervention to Muslim refugee communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugees; asylum seekers; trauma; religion; capacity-building refugees; asylum seekers; trauma; religion; capacity-building
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Zoellner, L.; Graham, B.; Marks, E.; Feeny, N.; Bentley, J.; Franklin, A.; Lang, D. Islamic Trauma Healing: Initial Feasibility and Pilot Data. Societies 2018, 8, 47.

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