Trauma-responsive peacebuilding (advanced)

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

What: Trauma-responsive peacebuilding

When: Take-off Session on 3 November 2022, 14:00 to 15:00 CET

Online Live Sessions from 8-17 November 2022, every Tuesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00 CET

Where: Online

Language: English

Price: 350 €

Early Bird: 315 € when booking before 11 October 2022

Additional Costs: None

Registration Deadline is: 25 October 2022

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 broaden their understanding of trauma-sensitive and trauma-responsive approaches and how they can improve their programmes and interventions. The course is limited to 16 participants.

Participants should have a basic understanding of the concepts of trauma and peacebuilding and conflict transformation.


Trauma responses often interrupt possibilities for transforming conflict into needed social change. This course invites participants to consider how one might integrate knowledge of trauma’s impacts and resources for resilience-building to support effective peacebuilding project design and implementation.


  • Develop perspective: How is trauma frequently both a cause and an effect of the violence our work aims to transform? What harms and needs emerge in our own peacebuilding experiences? What dynamics can be named and destigmatized at personal and collective levels?

  • Explore tools and resources: What key resources and frameworks can equip peacebuilders to navigate trauma experience? Tools will range from self-care practices to facilitation strategies to programme design, due diligence and organizational questions.

  • Envision practice & practice application: Participants will be invited throughout the training to bring their own experiences into the learning space. Assignments will involve self-reflection, shared analysis of case studies, and assessment of a past or potential project for ways to integrate trauma-sensitive practices to existing tools of conflict analysis and conflict transformation.

Key Concepts

  • Traumagenic environments
  • Collective trauma
  • Transgenerational trauma
  • Resilience


Methodology (2 – 3 sentences):

The course will engage participants in a series of learning modalities, including interactive presentation of key concepts in the online sessions; small-group breakouts during online sessions for digesting content together and identifying shared questions and ideas, readings and/or short videos to ingest in between sessions; self-reflection and arts-based reflection.

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.


  1. Case studies: In small groups, identifying and analyzing case studies from participants’ own practical examples.

  2. Conflict Analysis: Self-reflection and working with a tandem partner to analyze how conflict patterns may be informed by trauma patterns and responses

  3. Expressive arts contribution: An arts-based reflection on where we are in our own cycles of life/peace practice.

  4. An action plan: Next steps mapping of how to apply learning best at the individual, team, project or community levels).

After successful participation, participants receive a certificate.

Total expected weekly hours: 10 to 12 hours weekly

Please register before 25 October 2022.

Information about the seminar

Cordula Reimann

Cordula Reimann

Trainer for Systemic Conflict Analysis, Peace and Conflict Projects and Trauma-responsive Peacebuilding
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