Children of war in the Philippines: introducing Creative Process Therapy into the work of the Children's Rehabilitation Center in Davao City

Political armed conflict has important ramifications in the lives of children as individuals and in terms of social development more generally. However, the emotional problems faced by children during and after war or political violence are rarely considered in development literature and practice. This article recounts the experience of working with severely traumatised children in the Philippines, using the methods of Creative Process Therapy. The report shows how a Western therapeutic model was successfully modified for application in a Filipino children's rehabilitation centre and suggests that this experience offers possibilities for appropriate replication in other settings.