Conflicts or disasters at any level or of any type can trigger a traumatic reaction among individuals, groups, communities and societies. The series of reactions produced depend upon the type of trauma experienced. Oftentimes, people who are traumatized cannot escape the environment that caused it. In addition, they may not even be aware that they have been traumatized and carry on without understanding the signs and symptoms. They are unable to seek help due to a lack of awareness and/or access to therapeutic intervention.
This course will explore and discuss the basic understanding of trauma, including practical ways to overcome it during and after conflict. The course will adopt an “elicitive” learning process and follow a workshop format using experiential role plays and case studies combined with short lectures. By the end of this interactive course, participants will: a) be able to recognize the causes of and reactions to trauma from multiple perspectives; b) have an understanding of the specific dynamic causes and effects of trauma in relation to conflict; and c) have tools and techniques to deal with trauma which can assist in the process of healing.
This course is designed for peacebuilding and development practitioners, community leaders, government and non-governmental workers, humanitarian relief service providers, and anyone who may have worked in conflict settings and areas affected by natural disasters.