Mass trauma and emotional healing around the world : rituals and practices for resilience and meaning-making

| May 11, 2011

Title: Mass trauma and emotional healing around the world : rituals and practices for resilience and meaning-making

Author: Ani Kalayjian and Dominique Eugene (eds.)

Publisher:  Praeger

Call number: BF789.D5 M38 2010

From the Publisher:

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that a total of 2,500 million people were affected by disasters from 1995 to 2004, with the loss of 89,000 lives and at a cost of around $570 billion. What enables trauma victims to survive—and continue to flourish in the wake of disasters, whether natural or man-made?

About the author:

Dr, Ani Kalayjian

For more than a decade, Dr. Ani Kalayjian has been on a journey of healing through forgiveness and meaning. She has devoted her life to studying the impact of trauma, and helping others heal so that they can reach a state of wholeness. “The terror from the sights and sounds of bombs, the loss of homes, possessions, routines, and stability; the experience of seeing their parents crying, fearful, and in anguish — all these will likely last a lifetime for the Iraqi children,” Kalayjian said of the current war. “And the effects of this war will continue for many generations.”

Kalayjian’s parents were survivors of the 1915 Ottoman Turkish Genocide of the Armenians which wiped out two-thirds of the Armenian people. Dr. Kalayjian grew up experiencing the effects of trauma through her parents’ suffering, and that trauma became hers.

Kalayjian’s parents were always in pain, even after moving to the United States. It was not until after she started her research on the effects of trauma that she discovered what her grandparents endured during the genocide. Although Dr. Kalayjian’s parents tried to ‘spare’ the family by maintaining silence, she still felt their pain.

As a child she didn’t know what was wrong or how to process it. Ultimately, she processed it through her work. She became a Psychiatric nurse and teacher, then psychologist, international researcher and devoted her life to helping survivors of natural and man made disasters.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a graduate of Long Island University (LIU) with a Masters and Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a pioneering therapist, educator, director and author, she has devoted her life to bringing healing to those who have survived the devastation of disaster, whether man-made or natural.

Dominique Eugene

Dominique Eugene is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She holds certification in Alternative Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (Nutritional Therapist Practitioner). She is currently the Site Manager and Clinical Supervisor at Pacific Asian Counseling Services, San Fernando Valley Office and is the Greater Los Angeles Regional Coordinator for the MFT State Stipend Program.

Dominique has various experiences working with disaster relief. She has used play therapy techniques working with victims of disaster in Sri Lanka and Louisiana. She is committed to the mental health needs of multicultural population. Dominique has lived in Haiti and Japan, and has published articles on her work in Sri Lanka, Haitian mental health, cross-cultural adjustment in Japan and Co-Editor of “Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing Around the World: Rituals and Practices for Resilience and Meaning-Making, 2 vols.”, Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

Along with her responsibilities to the community agency and the state stipend program, Dominique is pursuing a PhD at Fielding Graduate University, an APA accredited program located in Santa Barbara, CA. Her focus is on clinical psychology with concentration in health and neuropsychology.

On the web: