Understanding Psychosocial Trauma (583)

Al Fuertes

Unhealed trauma often continues the cycle of violence and victimization within a community, a family, or a nation. Explore social, psychological, neurobiological, physical, and spiritual processes of responding to deep personal trauma as well as pain and suffering in settings of protracted, violent conflict. Examine recently developed approaches to the healing of individuals and communities as they move from violence or war to justice and peace. In this course you will gain a thorough overview of the complex issues of trauma, healing, and transformation within socio-historical contexts. Participants will discuss theoretical bases of trauma work through narratives and case examples from a variety of international settings and engage in practical exercises to demonstrate approaches to trauma recovery.

This course integrates trauma transformation into the larger justice and peacebuilding field. The learning process for this course involves a collaborative, interactive effort through lectures, hands-on activities, role-plays, dialogue, and circle process.