We are assisting the psychosocial rehabilitation of North Korean refugees in South Korea via non-verbal therapy training for professionals.
Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have attempted to flee their homeland. Most cross into China, where they live in perpetual fear of being discovered and repatriated. The path to their southern neighbor is even more dangerous, with only about 25,000 having succeeded in 60 years.
Rehabilitation to the South
Life story interview training for social workers
In February 2013, we launched a capacity-building program to support the efforts of current government social workers as they attempt to facilitate the North Korean Defectors' recovery. The training is focused on life story interviewing techniques and is being headed by Prof. Amia Lieblich - a world known expert in oral history. In addition, as part of our aim for long-term impact and sustainability, our program in South Korea includes M.A. and Ph.D. students from Yonsei University.
- Building a network of local health professionals between government and non-government agencies
- Trauma training intervention and psychosocial support
- Trained 20 professionals from Yonsei University, non-profits, and government psychologists