Hands-On Security: The Untold Story – Trauma and International Development Work

Karoline Klose, a Hertie alumna with a decade’s experience in international development in eight countries, shares insights on mental health in international development work from her career.

Trauma and PTSD are today widely recognized as work-related illnesses in soldiers returning from war, but what about the mental health of development workers working in similar contexts?

The potential mental health impact of this career is rarely talked about and still mostly a taboo. When it is talked about, the conversation is led largely by psychologists and not by the professionals affected. This session aims to change this. Hertie School alumna Karoline Klose will hold a session she wishes she had had while at Hertie, sharing her personal story of work-related trauma while working for the UN in Haiti.

This event is part of the Hands-On Security Speaker Series hosted by the Centre for International Security. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at international politics. Our speaker series aims to help bridge the gap between academia and practice by engaging officials with hands-on experience in the security and defence field and inspire our students’ future careers in the process.

Registration: https://www.hertie-school.org/en/events/event-detail/event/hands-on-security-the-untold-story-trauma-and-international-development-work