This book introduces and discusses a variety of educational and health issues and provides insights and glimpses into the broad political, economic and socio cultural contexts of education and health in Timor-Leste. Each of the chapters has-attempted to provide detailed overviews of the context and it is my sincere hope that the readers are able to view the intricate, complex and synergistic connections amongst the underlying cultural, religious, economic and political contexts within the practices of health and education in the country. The book has also attempted to discuss the effects of global and internal political changes relative to education and health in the transitional context of Timor-Leste. Part I of the book deals with issues of educational change in the country, the authors of the five chapters on Education Rebuilding have lived in the country for extended periods of time and been involved as practitioners in the educational change process. Part II explores the complex issue of health, nutrition and services in the nation, the authors of the six chapters represent an eclectic mix of practitioners and researchers who have experienced first hand the health rebuilding process and have knowledge of the country, its communities and its people. In Part III the editors have attempted to use narrative so that non-academic voices are heard in relation to change. The final three chapters thus bring forth the "voices" of the contributors and people in the community.
A breakthrough therapy in the mental health field, Rebuilding Therapy was developed by psychologist Michael Gass, primarily, as a means of assisting individuals and families in rebuilding psychologically from past mistreatment, dysfunction, or trauma. It incorporates methodology, techniques, and theory from Psychodrama, a vital part of Rebuilding Therapy, while integrating Transactional Analysis, primarily Structural Analysis and the influence of Script Analysis, and Redecision Therapy to create its distinctive theoretical foundations, methods, and approaches. Relaxation exercises or relaxation, which is equivalent to hypnosis, is used as needed.
Rebuilding Therapy is based on the belief that a person is basically the product of his or her past. Its primary focus is for the patient to clinically relive major abusive, rejecting, traumatic, or negative life experiences in order to face unhealthy feelings, thinking, and decisions associated with them, which the patient can then release, change, and rebuild from. In addition to postbirth experiences, Rebuilding Therapy pays attention to prenatal influences and the birth process, regarding their effect on psychological functioning and personality development, while also addressing these factors therapeutically. Rebuilding Therapy also has the methodology to solely work with present issues as needed. In the first book on this reconstructive therapy, Gass details its theoretical foundations, methodology, and approaches to acquaint mental health and related professionals with its value on a short and long term basis; to expand on the understanding of personality development and psychological functioning; and to further expose this and related psychotherapies for use in other arenas on the local, state, and international levels in such areas as law enforcement, corrections, education, religion, business, politics, and international relations, with the aim of reducing conflict and inappropriate behavior and improving human relationships.
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