Trauma-sensitive Peacebuilding

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10:00 am TO 02:00 pm
(GMT +1:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Cologne, Germany
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Online-training with live-sessions & self-paced learning.

Course participants learn to understand trauma from a personal and professional perspective, in order to transform conflict and build lasting peace. This course supports peacebuilders to recognize and acknowledge how individual, communal, and historical harms are the root causes of communal divisions. By cultivating your sensitivity to harm and incorporating trauma healing approaches in your relationships and work, you are better equipped as a peacebuilder to transform interpersonal and intergroup relationships.

The course will focus on five themes:

  1. Getting to Know Trauma. Participants will explore and understand what trauma is and how it affects us on an individual and group level.
  2. Narratives and Cycles of Trauma. Participants will understand the power of individual and collective narratives, and our chosen relationship to narratives, cycles of trauma, and violence.
  3. Do No Harm: Understanding Dignity. Participants will understand how we can act in a way that is responsible, respectful, and ethical, based on the core principles of appreciating the dignity inherent in each one of us.
  4. Trauma Informed Organizational Practices. Participants will understand the concept of Duty of Care for organizations, and trauma-sensitive project planning.
  5. Resilience and Self-Care. Participants will understand resilience and self-care, in order to bring those practices into our interactions with individuals and groups personally and professionally.

This course is intended to support peacebuilders, including people who work in conflict zones, NGOs, peace projects, social workers, teachers, and people who work in faith-based organizations. We also welcome students and activists who are passionate about trauma healing and peacebuilding in their communities.


Technical Introduction on 15 September 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 CEST

Online Live Sessions:

  • Monday, 18.09. from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST
  • Wednesday, 20.09. from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST
  • Monday, 25.09. from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST
  • Wednesday, 27.09. from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST


The course design is based on four essential ethical principles: 1) Do No Harm; 2) Uphold Dignity; 3) Recognize and Honor our Common Humanity; and 4) Respect Diversity and Difference.

  • Participants will learn about individual, collective, and transgenerational trauma and how this may impact the societies in which they work.
  • Participants will understand the key terms of a trauma-sensitive approach and recognize patterns of behaviour common to traumatic events.
  • Participants will explore how to integrate a trauma-sensitive approach into conflict analysis and project planning.
  • Participants will refine their awareness of their personal and professional boundaries when dealing with traumatized people.

Key Concepts

The key concepts that will be covered in the course are:

  • Individual, intergenerational, collective, historical, and racial traumas 
  • Trauma-sensitive approach in conflict analysis and project planning
  • Duty of Care
  • Resilience and post-traumatic growth
  • Intercultural growth and competence

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