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.