≪Organizer Abstract≫
The 21st century has witnessed a sharp increase in the rate of incidence of overwhelming natural disasters. This symposium will bring together psychologists from the earthquake and tsunami disaster areas of Indonesia and Japan. They experienced disasters in their communities and have been involved in providing ongoing support there. Being involved over a period of years provides new perspectives and insights on the value and practice of psychosocial support, and the nature of resilience, at the different levels of individual, family, community and society. Furthermore, we will also have a presentation from a Japanese historian showing how rescue work on the historical and cultural heritage of a region can also build social capital and promote personal and community resilience. This symposium will problematize the current understanding of "psychosocial support" and "resilience", and show new avenues for building social capital.
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