Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding

Building Peace through Humanity and Dignity

Trauma-responsive peacebuilding
© Valentyn Kuzan (Валентин Кузан); shared by War Childhood Museum

Information about the seminar

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Early bird price

Early Bird: 315€ when booking until 20 March 2024
Registration Deadline: 1 May 2024


Technical Check: on 13 May 2024 from 11:00 to 12:00 CEST
Online Live Sessions: from 15 May 2024 to 5 June 2024, every Wednesday from 10:00 to 14:00 CEST

Who can register for this course?

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.


This course utilizes a variety of methodologies:

  • Facilitating reflection and discussion
  • Small and large group brainstorming and sharing
  • Presenting information
  • Self-paced learning, including reading assigned texts, listening to podcasts, watching videos, journaling, and inner mapping.

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.

After a successful participation, participants receive a certificate and become part of our alumni network.



  • Journaling to deepen self-awareness and practice ongoing self-care
  • Inner mapping of personal and collective trauma
  • Cross-ethnic and cross-cultural awareness reflection
  • Development of a self-care strategy
  • Active engagement in class and in small-group sessions to facilitate group learning
  • Completion of readings and self-paced learning prior to and in-between classes

Total expected weekly hours: 5 to 7 hours per week


Please register online until 1 May 2024.

For further information on our cancellation policies and financing options, please see our FAQs.

The fee can be paid by invoice.