SEED is proud to present Part 1 of six interviews with two trauma specialists from the United States: Holly Aldrich (Director of the Center for Homicide Bereavement) and Barbara Hamm (Director of Victim Services at the Department of Community Health Improvements).

The interviews were conducted by SEED’s Co-Founder and Vice President, Tanya Gilly Khailany. In this first part, they discuss how trauma can be explained, if trauma is the same for every individual, and the different kinds of trauma that the people of Kurdistan have experienced.

Holly and Barbara are advisors on the Technical Board for the Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) at Koya University. They help inform how we can best teach, learn, train, and build the capacity of our current and future workforce. The Center for MHPSS was created to promote education, training, and supervision, for both students of the Clinical Psychology Department at Koya University, as well as services providers already working in the field of MHPSS.