Journalists covering terror incidents in KP to undergo psychotherapy
PESHAWAR: Journalists and academia have agreed to jointly identify the traumatic conditions of media persons working in the war zones and work out the modalities to address these issues in the Competence and Trauma Centre for Journalists (CTCJ), to be inaugurated at the University of Peshawar shortly.
The Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) will assist the university in formation of a core group of volunteer journalists, which will work in collaboration with the faculty for psychotherapy of these reporters, said a press release on Friday.
A focus group discussion in this connection was held at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication (JMC), University of Peshawar. Dr Altaf Khan, while elaborating the aims and objectives of the centre, said it was need of the hour to work for the psychotherapy of those journalists who are suffering from the psychological trauma while covering incidents like drone attacks, bomb blasts and other catastrophes in the region.
Dr Erum Irshad explained the psychological trauma, its causes. It is pertinent to mention the CTCJ is being established at the Department of Psychology as a result of MoU signed recently between University of Peshawar and Deutsche Welle (DW) Academy, Germany.