Principal Investigators: Lori Zoellner, University of Washington and Norah Feeny, Case Western Reserve University
Due to war and regional unrest, many Somalis have experienced not only the physical wounds of conflict but also damaging mental wounds. These often include problems such as confusion and related symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). This mosque-based programme addresses the effects of trauma in the community and promotes community building. The programme incorporates Islamic principles with techniques from evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions to address the impact of trauma in one’s life and community.
This work seeks to strengthen the capacity of the community to facilitate trauma healing through existing mosque infrastructures. The programme will be expanded to additional mosques. Using a train-the-trainer model, community leaders become expert trainers. These leaders will then train and supervise new leaders. Accordingly, the programme task shifts to community leaders in local mosques by training them in enhancing mental health and promoting reconciliation.
The nation experienced multiple traumas and mental injures after the collapse...The skills we learn from this programme will help us to assist the community and lead us to heal the mind of our people.
This randomised controlled trial will produce strong empirical evidence for the effectiveness of this brief intervention for war and refugee trauma and its ease of implementation by community leaders. It hopefully will lead to improved mental health and improved day-to-day functioning and wellbeing in those participating in the programme, including enhanced connection to one’s community, one’s faith, and forgiveness of others.
This research aims also to highlight the ease of uptake of such an intervention with Muslim communities. Through both quantitative and qualitative data, we expect group members and leaders will report that the intervention matches well with their culture and faith and that the intervention is easy to train and implement.
You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:Windows
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.