Healing the Healer; Towards Sustainable Community Based Peacebuilding Course; Online-18th to 22nd October 2021
October 18 @ 8:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm UTC+3
This online introductory course on healing and peacebuilding is ideal for practitioners working in complex and fragile contexts in Africa and all those whose work is impacted by trauma. The course is inspired by the believe that there’s crucial need for efforts towards breaking cycles of violence. Recent studies show that trauma amongst peacebuilders themselves considerably compromises efforts for reconciling and rebuilding societies after violent conflict (Davis, 2019). Building long term sustainable peace therefore, must be sensitive to the presence of trauma in the communities in conflict as well as the trauma experienced by the very agents of peace.
In the broader Eastern and Horn of Africa regions, efforts towards sustainable peace continue to be undermined as warring groups continue to engage in series of raids and tit-for-tat attacks that have left thousands killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Similarly, government efforts and humanitarian aid often does not address the historical trauma allowing it to be carried forward to the younger generation. Studies from various countries have shown that people exposed to traumatic experiences run a greater risk of poor life outcomes, including compromised physical health, risky behaviors like dropping out of school or substance abuse, poor economic self-sufficiency or poor parenting skills for the next generation (Lambourne, 2013). In short, individual and collective trauma is a driver of current violent conflicts including the structural violence that exist in organizations that ought to be transforming the conflict. Too often, organizations are a big source of distress for their staff instead of enabling these agents of peace to work at their best. And, it is also evident that stakeholders may exploit these traumas to incite contemporary violence.
About the Course
The course will explore with adult learners how trauma undermines peace building and development work. It will at the same time equip agents of peace with the tools and skills to enable them commence the healing journey within their communities and move towards sustainable peace.
Questions that this course will seek to answer:
- How do we address the individual, collective and historical trauma in conflict zones?
- How does healing and unhealed trauma intersect with concepts of truth, justice, peace and forgiveness?
- In what ways can governments complement and support community-based healing processes?
- How do we address our own personal biases, prejudices and pain as peace workers and peace builders?
- What practical ways are practitioners addressing their own biases (acquired trauma) and unhealed trauma, to ensure sustainable peace in the conflict transformation process?
This course will be conducted online over a period of 5 days covering an accumulative 27.5 hours (5.5 hours per day). The training targets a small number of participants (maximum 12). The small number will enable the creation of space for each participant to (re)discover the power of their vulnerability as a pathway of rediscovering their inner healer so as to be more effective as community healers and peacebuilders.
For more information about the course, download the application prospectus here
To apply for the course, download the training application form here