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Following my dissertation, 1987 which comprised of several RCT studies

showing simple behavioral interventions to be effective helping both

adults and children to stop epileptic seizures, I was given a

commission within International League Against Epilepsy for the

development of psychological treatment for the developing nations. For

the past decade, I have been developing short term self help programs

for people in South Africa and India with severe and chronic epilepsy.

 

Here are some pictures from Pune India where one such project was

develop and evaluated together with Tobias Lundgren and Neurologist

Nadan Yardi at the Yardi Epilepsy Hospital in Pune.

 
 
 

 This project was published . Lundgren, T., Dahl, J., Melin, L., Yardi,

N. (2008) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Yoga for drug

refractory epilepsy: A Randomized controlled trial, Epilepsy and

Behavior.. Lundgren, T., Dahl, J., Melin, L., Yardi, N. (2008)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Yoga for drug refractory

epilepsy: A Randomized controlled trial, Epilepsy and Behavior.

 

A second project took place in Springs, outside of Johannesburg, South

Africa in cooperation with Kathy Pall from Epilepsy South Africa,

together with Tobias Lundgren and Neurologist Brian Kies

Lundgren, T. Dahl, J. Melin, L, Kies,, B. Evaluation of Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy for Drug Refractory Epilepsy: A RCT trial in South

Africa.?A pilot study, Epilepsia, (2006)

 
 
 
2011 and 2012 I have been working on projects in Sierre Leone in West 

Africa. In 2011 I cooperated with Beate -Ebert, DJ Moran and Caritas

working on staff training for local organisations working with former

child soldiers, street children and victims of violence.  This traning

was in the form of ACT workshops held at a Caritas Mission in Freetown.

Here are som pictures from 2011.

 
 

2012 I went back to Freetown together with my student Lina Josephsson

and a former student and now licensed psychologist Emma Wallin. Lina

received funding from SIDA for a minor field studies for a 6 week

period. This resulted in implementing a single subject design study at

the Graceland Center in cooperation with Bondu Manyeh (http://www.gracelandsl.org/)

Graceland Counselling Services (GLCS) is a national non governmental,

non sectarian, human development organization; committed to helping

survivors of sexual and gender violence through psychosocial care

delivery, life skills training, agriculture, and advocacy, basic health

education, peace and civic education.

 
Here are some pictures from that project.