A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Peacebuilding

Understanding trauma and its causes and effects on society and individuals, to improve our perspective on the transformation of conflict.

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Informationen zum Seminar


What: A Trauma-sensitive Approach to Peacebuilding

When: Take-Off Session: 1 September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 CEST

Online Live sessions: From 5-15 September 2022, every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 to 13:00 CEST

Where: Online

Language: English

Price: 350 €

Early Bird: 315 € when booking before 8 August 2022

Additional Costs: None

Registration Deadline: A FEW PLACES ARE STILL OPEN! If you wish to participate, please send an e-mail to Marie Zornbach (zornbach@forumZFD.de)

Who can register for this course?

The course aims at people working in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation or related fields who would like to know about how a trauma-sensitive approach can improve their programmes and interventions. The course is limited to 16 participants.


Survivors of violence and conflict experience different levels of trauma that have a profound impact – not only on individuals, but also on the society and the very systems that can support healing and recovery. Addressing these traumatic experiences that occur during and after conflict or violent events is key for peacebuilding interventions to be effective and sustainable. Recognizing and dealing with trauma leads to better trauma healing and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

A trauma-sensitive approach to peacebuilding takes into consideration the complex and multifaceted ways in which the survivors experience and respond to traumatic events. It requires an understanding of how strategies for healing individuals and societies must be based on a deep knowledge of individual, communal, and historical harms. It is therefore crucial for individuals working in peacebuilding to be equipped with the right tools and skills that can help them deal with the challenges at the different levels of trauma (primary and secondary) that they may encounter.

A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Peacebuilding is an interactive online course that offers a deeper understanding of the interrelation between trauma-sensitivity and effective peacebuilding. It aims at training participants on the meaning of trauma, recognizing it in the context of peacebuilding and conflict transformation and understanding key trauma-informed practices, tools, and strategies.

This course will also help participants understand the difference between individual, intergenerational, collective, and social trauma and discuss how they interact in conflict transformation settings.


  • Understand what trauma is and relate it to the concept of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Become aware of key trauma-informed practices, strategies, and tools, as well as learn how to apply them in our work.
  • Differentiate between the societal and individual levels of trauma, and discuss how they play an interactive role in conflict transformation settings.
  • Reflect on experiences from facilitators, guests, and participants.
  • Develop self-care practices and compare them to trauma-sensitive practices.

Key Concepts

  • Peacebuilding
  • Trauma-sensitivity
  • Conflict transformation
  • Societal or collective level of trauma
  • Individual trauma and transgenerational trauma
  • Trauma sensitive practices and self-care practices
  • The 'do no harm' principle



The online course is designed to help the participants learn the concepts of trauma-sensitive peacebuilding in depth and richness.

In order to learn about trauma and its effect on the individual and the society in general, this course will use a variety of approaches and techniques including facilitated discussions, role playing, and self-paced at-home learning to fulfil the course objectives.

In the course, participants use a variety of tools, including a digital learning platform, a video conferencing tool, and an online whiteboard. Participants should therefore have a good internet connection (1 Mbit down/upload or better). A headset is highly recommended.


  • Participate in the online classes
  • Read and prepare the shared resources before each session
  • Present and discuss own experiences
  • Keep personal journals for reflections and ongoing self-care

After a successful participation participants receive a certificate.

Total expected weekly hours: 10 to 12 hours weekly


Please register before 22 August 2022.

A FEW PLACES ARE STILL OPEN! If you wish to participate, please send an e-mail to Marie Zornbach (zornbach@forumZFD.de)