Perceptions about implementation of a Narrative Community-based Group Therapy for Afro-Colombians victims of Violence

Cien Saude Colet. 2017 Sep;22(9):3045-3052. doi: 10.1590/1413-81232017229.00402016.


Given the context and the number of armed conflict victims in the Colombian Pacific coast and their difficulties to access psycho-social care, Narrative Community-based Group Therapy appears as a viable mental health intervention. The objective of this study is to describe the process of implementation and results of the intervention in Afro-Colombian victims of violence, in the municipalities of Buenaventura and Quibdó. More specifically, we will be looking at the perspectives of workers and supervisors, through evaluative case studies and individual in-depth interviews. The therapy allows us to identify support and coping systems through coexistence, communication and interaction. It requires an adaptation process to the diversity of knowledge and expressions of victims of Colombian violence, greater empathy from care providers and rigor in their profiles selection, facilities ensuring security and confidentiality, and links with other educational, employment and recreational organizations. It is important to include these results while improving current and future intervention processes.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Armed Conflicts / psychology
  • Black People / psychology
  • Colombia
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Confidentiality
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Empathy
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Violence / psychology*