Nature and Dynamics of Psychosocial Trauma and Its Impact on People and Society

Course topics:

 

Class1 : Nature and Dynamics of Psychosocial Trauma and Its Impact on People and Society

         – Understanding the Injured Party/Victim – Wrongdoer/Perpetrator/Offender framework

         – Levelling off: definitions/descriptions/images of traumatization, conflict, and healing

         – Categories/Kinds of Trauma

         – Levels of Victimization and Traumatization

   – Flower Collage and the Community in Pain

   – Warviews: Interdisciplinary dimensions of trauma (trauma reactions/symptoms)

   – Dynamic interplay between trauma and conflict

   – Trauma narratives and its impact: terror and disconnection, child abuse, domestic

     violence

  • Exploring trauma and conflict-related theories in light of phenomenological realities:

** cycle of violence and victimization

** basic human needs theory

** relative deprivation theory

** frustration-aggression theory

** collective violence theory

** social and group identity theory

** nested theory of conflict

  • Developing emerging/community-based principles and statements of Trauma/Healing

 

 

Class2 : Exploring the Nature and Dynamics of Community-based and Psychosocial Healing

  • Trauma metaphor activity
  • Resiliency: Individual and societal (the case of Karen refugees)
  • Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Victimization
  • Storytelling as a tool for healing and transformation (Storytelling framework)
  • Revisiting the Flower Collage: Principles of Healing and Transformation
  • Healing as intervention: Skills development (What does healing require?)
  • Exploring contextualized healing and transformative mechanisms: spirituality, healing rituals, communal/religious ceremonies, revitalization movements, communal/social celebrations, symbolic movements/gestures
  • Remembering and mourning
  • Finding Meaning and the Will to Live

 

 

Class 3: Continuation of Week-end 2 topics/issues

 

  • Forgiveness and Healing (Is there forgiveness in politics?
  • Dynamic interplay between forgiveness and reconciliation (Is reconciliation possible without forgiveness? Can we be reconciled and live separate lives?)
  • Lessons learned from TRC in South Africa, Gacaca in Rwanda, Cambodia, International Diplomacy of Japan, Germany/Israel, Fambul Tok in Sierra Leone.
  • Exploring contextualized healing and transformative mechanisms: spirituality, healing rituals, communal/religious ceremonies, revitalization movements, communal/social celebrations, symbolic movements/gestures
  • Wounded healer
  • The Healing Spectrum                 

Class4 : Re-entry: Where to from here? What’s next?

  • Considerations in designing and implementing trauma healing workshops/curriculum: Content, Methodology, Participant, Facilitator(s)

Summary/Synthesis (new ideas/insights and skills learned

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