ICU doctoral student Rie Nasu takes part in international work camp, and academic conference as Japan representative

Update: February 2, 2018

Ms. Nasu learning about group therapy using pictures together with specialists from other countries (Photo: second from left)Ms. Nasu learning about group therapy using pictures together with specialists from other countries (Photo: second from left)

Rie Nasu, a doctoral candidate in the ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, participated as a representative of Japan in an international work camp on group therapy, "Transcultural Community Camp," and an international academic conference, "The 3rd EAGT International Conference & the 4th IAGP Regional Conference in Africa in Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes," held in Cairo, Egypt, from Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Saturday, Jan. 13.

Many conflicts are still raging in Africa, and therapists who can help victims heal their mental scars are in great demand. Psychologists, medical doctors, social workers and other specialists from more than 20 countries and regions took part in the work camp and the international conference. They received training in mental therapy through group activities and exchanged opinions on what mental health specialists can do in order to improve present conditions in Africa.

Ms. Nasu's Comments

In the work camp, I joined a group of specialists from countries such as Egypt, India, Romania, Tunisia, Sudan, Israel as well as Japan to work on the theme "What is our identity and what is leadership." In the academic conference, we had opportunities to make presentations on what we had learned in the camp. Through our exchange of opinions, I found that other countries have been establishing psychological and social support systems for children from various countries as they accept migrants and refugees. I am now teaching in a school in Japan while working for my Ph.D., and I don't think we can say that psychological support for children living in different culture is sufficient in Japan. I felt it is necessary to consider what I can do on this issue as a specialist in the field of psychology and improve support for these children.

By participating in the camp and the conference, I think I was able to think once again about my ability as a specialist through opportunities to look at Japan from the global perspective. And it was a great encouragement that I was able to become part of a network of young specialists in various countries. I hope to continue my research and practice so I can tell those people overseas about unique approaches we develop in Japan.

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