An Existential Look Inside North Korea

In a talk titled “An Exis­ten­tial Look Inside North Korea” pre­sent­ed at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Decem­ber 4, 2014, Michelle Mope Ander­s­son dis­cussed her expe­ri­ence as a well­ness and stress coun­selor for the Unit­ed Nations Devel­op­ment Pro­gram in P’yŏngyang, where she served while her hus­band was Sweden’s ambas­sador to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic People’s Repub­lic of Korea. She pro­vid­ed indi­vid­ual coun­sel­ing for crit­i­cal inci­dent stress cas­es among UN Staff, their depen­dents, and mem­bers of the diplo­mat­ic com­mu­ni­ty. She also advised and assist­ed the UN physi­cian in stress-management pro­grams and advised the dis­trict office on stress-mitigating strate­gies, deci­sions, and activ­i­ties. Ander­s­son is a grad­u­ate of Mills Col­lege (gov­ern­ment and eco­nom­ics); holds master’s degrees from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty (government–public pol­i­cy) and Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty Chicago/Fordham Uni­ver­si­ty (pas­toral care and coun­sel­ing); and has stud­ied the­ol­o­gy and art his­to­ry at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and music at the Music Acad­e­my of Esto­nia.

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