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Dealing with Trauma in Times of Crisis (DTTC)

Dealing with Trauma in Times of Crisis (DTTC)

Gladston Xavier (India) and Florina Xavier (India)

Dealing with Trauma in Times of Crisis (DTTC)
Gladston Xavier (India) and Florina Xavier (India)

The world is a dynamic place. Systems, structures and environments continue to change. Some of these result in positive impacts while others produce negative impacts leaving behind lasting impressions that take many years to deal with. This dynamic evolution is fraught with human and natural disasters that result in a plethora of issues ranging from individual to global levels. In the process, there is a lot of hatred, hurt, pain and anguish that, left unattended, tends to propagate itself, thereby keeping the vicious cycles alive.

A broad-based understanding of the contexts and timely intervention have been the key to addressing these issues at the micro, mezzo, macro and other levels. A start to this is to understand the nature and types of trauma and being aware of it. This course is designed to enhance the basic awareness of trauma and highlight the importance of a trauma-informed approach to deal with the challenges.

Using interactive methods of elicitation, role plays, situational analysis, case studies and theater, the course will enable participants to gain a broad understanding of the concepts of trauma and enable participants to identify the causes and reactions to trauma; understand the dynamics of trauma and its impact; and use a set of tools and techniques to support those in need. This course will be beneficial for those who are actively working in the fields of development, peacebuilding, social work, human rights, and individual, institutional and community care.

GLADSTON XAVIER

Gladston XavierGladston “Ashok” Xavier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Loyola College in Chennai, India where he also served as the Dean of Academic Studies and the Associate Director of the Outreach Program. As a guest faculty, Ashok has taught Peacebuilding and Restorative Justice in Innsbruck, Austria and in Coburg, Germany. At the international level, he is the Deputy Chair of the Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) as well as a member of the UNHCR committee that reviews NGO partnerships. Since 2014, Ashok has also been the academic co-director of the Caux Scholars Program in Pune, India, with its 21-day intensive program that focuses on Peacebuilding with modules on Restorative Justice and Trauma Healing.

For almost 20 years, Ashok has been a strong supporter of people's movements, initiatives, and vulnerable people-led institutions, using his leadership skills to empower others. He also has been actively involved in theater work, including Playback and Forum Theatre, and uniquely intertwines these tools into all of his training programs. Ashok holds a PhD in Social Work from Osmania University, a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and a MA in Social Work from Madras University. He is a Fulbright Scholar and an Oxford DfID Fellow, and has been a Scholar-in-Residence at Eastern Mennonite University where he taught Social Work. Ashok has been a member of MPI’s roster of facilitators since 2016.

FLORINA XAVIER

Florina XavierFlorina Xavier is the Regional Return and Reintegration Adviser of Act for Peace in Chennai, India, where she is directly engaged with Sri Lankan refugees. She previously worked with refugees and internally displaced persons in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, and held leadership positions in church-based organizations doing development and peacebuilding work. As a consultant, Florina has worked in the field of psychosocial support, which included training and intervention, gender-based violence and trauma healing training, and monitoring and evaluation workshops for international peacebuilding and faith-based organizations. She has also served as the co-director of the Caux Scholars Program – Asia Plateau, which is a 21-day peacebuilding program held near Pune, India. In addition, Florina has also taught at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University, USA.

Florina holds a PhD in Social Work from Osmania University, a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and a MA in Social Work from Madras University. A Fulbright scholar and an Oxford DfID fellow, she has constantly combined theory and praxis in her professional and academic life. Florina has taught at MPI since 2016.

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