Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding

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10:00 am TO 02:00 pm
(GMT +1:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Cologne, Online
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Building Peace through Humanity and Dignity

Online-training with online live sessions and accompanied by self-paced learning: From 15 May 2024 to 5 June 2024, every Wednesday from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST.

This course is intended to support international and domestic peacebuilders who seek to transform conflict and build lasting peace. The training will support peacebuilders in international or domestic peace projects, as well as people working in active conflict zones, to more deeply explore and understand individual, communal, and historical harms – such as ethnic violence, racism, gender-based violence, and colonialism – at the root of communal division. By cultivating participants’ sensitivity to harm and incorporating trauma-healing approaches in their relationships and work, they are better equipped to transform interpersonal and intergroup relationships.

Depending on methods and topic of the training, we limit the number of available spaces to a manageable size (a maximum of 20 participants). Register early to reserve your place!


  • Getting to Know Trauma, through deeply exploring and understanding what trauma is and becoming aware of how trauma affects each of us.
  • Narratives and Cycles of Trauma, through understanding the power of individual and collective narratives and our chosen relationship to narratives and cycles of trauma.
  • Being Trauma Sensitive,Trauma Informed, and Trauma Specific, through understanding the core principles of trauma informed practices: safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice and choice, as well as cultural, historical and gender issues.
  • Do No Harm & Understanding Dignity, through understanding how we can act in a way that is responsible, respectful, and ethical.
  • Resilience and Self-Care, to bring those practices into our interactions with individuals and groups in conflict or post-conflict environments.


The course is based on four essential ethics: do no harm; uphold dignity; recognize common humanity; and respect diversity and difference.

Participants will:

  • Know about individual, collective and trans-generational trauma, and how this may impact the societies they live and work in.
  • Understand the key terms of a trauma-sensitive approach and recognize patterns of common behaviour to traumatic events.
  • Generate ideas on how to integrate a trauma-informed approach in conflict analysis and project planning.
  • Become aware of their personal and professional boundaries when dealing with trauma.

Key Concepts

  • Defining and differentiating between individual, intergenerational, collective, historical, and racial trauma and their cumulative impact of individuals and groups
  • Understanding the relevance and importance of a trauma-sensitive approach in conflict analysis and project planning
  • Practicing a Duty of Care for the organizations promoting and supporting staff self-care and resilience as prevention of the burnout, primary and secondary trauma, as well vicarious traumatisation
  • Understanding and deepening resilience and post-traumatic growth
  • Promoting cultural growth and competence, as well as contextual awareness around trauma and healing in conflict transformation.

More information on training fees, methods, deliverables and the registration form can be found on our website: