Healing in Northern Uganda

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)-inflicted war in northern Uganda has had terrible effects on survivors. Many suffer depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. While a number of organizations provide economic, medical and basic needs assistance, few offer mental health services.

Healing in Northern Uganda is an initiative by CVT to provide mental health services to survivors of the war and to develop the ability of local organizations to provide healing services now and in the future.

CVT psychologist Gabriele Marini works with Kizito Wamala, a psychologist with the Uganda treatment centerWe are working with three organizations in the northern districts of Lira, Kitgum and Gulu. An experienced CVT psychotherapist rotates between the districts working closely with select counseling staff of each organization. This intensive hands-on training initiative provides:

  • Ongoing intensive training and supervision for counselors at partner organizations by a CVT psychotherapist.
  • Side-by-side co-therapy by counseling staff and a CVT psychotherapist, with counseling staff receiving feedback and mentoring.
  • High quality mental health services for survivors of LRA-conflict-related violence.
  • Training a psychologist with the African Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims to become a trainer and counseling supervisor. This psychologist will continue to strengthen mental health resources and help individuals and communities heal long after CVT work in northern Uganda ends.

Healing in Northern Uganda is working to help organizations in northern Uganda build clinically sound effective mental health services for survivors of war trauma and be able to continue to provide that care after CVT departs.

Healing in Northern Uganda is supported by the International Criminal Court Trust Fund for Victims. With the unique roles of implementing both Court-ordered reparations and general rehabilitation assistance to victims of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction, the Trust Fund for victims offers key advantages for promoting lasting peace, reconciliation and well-being in war-torn societies.


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