• Laurie L. Charlés
  • Gameela Samarasinghe


In our first volume, our contributors shared their work and ideas about the philosophical and practice dilemmas brought when taking family therapy concepts and techniques to work in global mental health in humanitarian settings. Here, we build on those foundations, pushing them yet forward, with contributors who discuss methods and approaches that reach across a spectrum of family systems work. Ranging in locations across several continents, and from inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary traditions and educational backgrounds, our contributors’ collective set of chapters bring to light the nature and utility of family systems approaches (FSAs) in the humanitarian space. A common theme in their work is the illustration of the transportability of family systems approaches, as applied to a clinical case, a community intervention, a supervisory dilemma, a training adaptation, or a foreign policy perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurie L. Charlés
    • 1
  • Gameela Samarasinghe
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Therapist, Independent ResearcherBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of ColomboColomboSri Lanka

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