One year full-time or two years part-time
War and conflict are two of the constants of modern life. They have played a major part in recent history and continue to dominate much of the international agenda. Whilst we may deplore this and do all we can to prevent future wars, it is important to explore what psychological effect they have on both soldiers and civilians. This course is designed to explore how people protect themselves against extreme or prolonged stress, to analyse their consequences and to discuss what can be done to mitigate or resolve psychological disorders experienced in conflict.
How both soldiers and civilians prepare themselves, cope during times of conflict, and adjust to peacetime life are core issues of the MSc War & Psychiatry. Find out more from Professor Edgar Jones; Programme Leader of this ground-breaking programme at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.
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This multi-disciplinary Masters’ explores the psychological impact of war in its broadest sense. Taking a comparative perspective, it draws cultural comparisons between the British experience and other nations with a recent history of conflict. Key themes include:
- The expression and nature of post-combat disorders (such as shell shock, the effects of Agent Orange, Gulf War syndrome or mild Traumatic Brain Injury) from the Crimean War to today.
- A critical examination of treatments for post-trauma injuries, including ‘forward psychiatry’, to assess their effectiveness and outcomes.
- The recent phenomenon of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): either an organic phenomenon that has always existed or a culturally-conditioned expression of distress.
- The impact of war and terrorism on civilians; is the public inherently resilient or psychologically vulnerable?
- Screening for vulnerability to psychological disorders (attempts to identify soldiers who are likely to breakdown in combat).
- Veterans’ pressure groups and the issue of financial compensation for war-related psychiatric injury.
- The psychological effects of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
- Combat motivation, morale and breakdown in battle.
- Law and the ethics of military psychiatry.
- The literary perspective: the impact of culture on post-combat disorders.
From October 2012, the MSc in War and Psychiatry offered a new option module ‘Civilians and Extreme Trauma: The Impact of Warfare, Disasters and Political Repression’. With twenty seminars, this course covers the following topics: cross cultural perspectives on the impact of trauma, folk illnesses and Trauma: Susto, Espanto and Frija, the impact of forced migration, the impact of detention, interrogation and brainwashing, political repression and torture, principles of trauma focused treatment, the impact of Evacuation, the impact of war on children, ageing and the impact of early trauma, terrorism and its consequences, genocide and its survivors, guidelines for intervening in psychosocial emergencies, resilience in individuals and communities, treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs, humanitarian assistance workers: the impact of caring, and community engagement and recovery.
The course is designed for all students of whatever background who have a special interest in military psychiatry or civilians subjected to psychological trauma. It is multi-disciplinary and purposely seeks to recruit from diverse backgrounds.
Professor Edgar Jones Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and King’s Centre for Military Health Research.
Trustee of The Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation International Foundation (Careif).
Centre for Psychiatry: Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine: Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine & Dentistry.