Laurie L. Charlés

Job role: 
Family Therapist
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Practitioner/Implementer
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

A licensed marriage and family therapist based in the U.S., Laurie uses qualitative inquiry and appreciative methodologies to analyze and implement systemic family therapy practice in international humanitarian relief contexts and with vulnerable populations in conflict and violence affected states. She has delivered family therapy training content, performed qualitative rapid needs assessments, and provided clinical supervision support to psychiatrists, psychosocial workers, and family therapy MHPSS professionals living and working in Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, in post conflict Kosovo, Syria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Egypt. She is co-editor, with Gameela Samarasinghe, of "Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts: Voices and Issues from the Field," which examines critical issues specific to the practice of systemic family therapy within global mental health contexts, with a particular attention to the humanitarian sphere. 

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A former U.S. Senior Fulbright Scholar (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010), Laurie is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Togo, 99-01). She is former Director of the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Our Lady of the Lake University and is currently a 2017-2018 Global Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo and Sri Lanka.

Approach: 
Human rights
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
North America
Asia
Setting: 
Community
Population: 
Humanitarian and conflict health
Country: 
United States of America

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Psychosocial Innovation In Post-War Sri Lanka

A book on a project that highlights how psychosocial project delivery in a post-conflict country incorporates relational understandings in its training of mental health workers
Page type: 
Implementation
Approach: 
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
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Supporting Families Facing Adversity

Dr Laurie Charles, World Health Organization Guinea Office, discusses the importance of family systems while delivering therapy.
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Approach: 
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Disorder: 
All disorders
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Supporting Families Facing Adversity : A neglected approach?

Laurie Charles argues that using a family systems approach is important when delivering therapy to an individual who has faced an adverse event or an extreme stressor.
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#FundaMentalSDG blog series: The intertwined link between mental health and all aspects of health

Dr Laurie Charles, from Our Lady of the Lake University, USA, gives her perspective on why even for those in high-income countries, mental healths inclusion in the SDGs is a neccesary step
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