Return to Happiness: Psychoaffective Recovery of Children Affected by Disasters and Armed Conflict


This manual, produced by UNICEF Colombia, provides a methodology for the psychosocial recovery of boys and girls who are or have been the victim of displacement due to violence. This methodology is part of a UNICEF project called “The Return to Happiness,” and outlines ways to identify psychological problems, suggests recommendations on how to talk with children and provides guidelines for instructors and trainers to plan weekly activities and keep files to monitor each boy and girl’s recovery.

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