Green String Network developed the
‘Wellbeing & Resilience: A trauma-informed peacebuilding approach’,
which draws on the fields of neurobiology, psychology, restorative justice,
conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and spirituality. The approach expands
practices related to trauma healing, justice, peacebuilding,
spirituality and security and shows the importance of integrating
these concepts into personal, community, structural and societal levels.
The approach examines how historical injustices and their present manifestations through the lens of trauma and identifies the mechanisms for the transmission of historical trauma: legacies and aftermaths. These are the beliefs and structures responsible for transmitting trauma responses and circumstances between generations.
the high level of reoccurring, protracted, and chronic violence globally the
development of a trauma-informed social transformation approach towards dealing
with the violence offers an opportunity for service providers and leaders to
begin to working together to holistically address the larger issue of violence
and its impact.
Trauma-informed approaches include policies and practices which recognize the connections between violence, trauma, negative health outcomes and negative social behaviors. These approaches increase safety, control and resilience for people who are seeking services (i.e. social services, security, livelihoods, education) in relation to experiences of violence and/or have a history of experiencing violence.
Trauma-informed approaches require
fundamental changes in how systems are designed, organizations function and
practitioners engage with people. Trauma- informed social transformation is a
lens used to address chronic violence which impacts individuals, communities,
systems, and structures. The approach recognizes systems and structures should
be supportive of recovery are often greatly damaged by conflict, and therefore
often cannot provide the needed support to aid in the rebuilding process.
•Wellbeing & Resilience: A
trauma-informed peacebuilding approach programming includes:
the physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual impact of
traumatic events (current or historic) on recipient populations, and how
unaddressed trauma contributes to cycles of violence;
beyond traditional mental health diagnosis and symptoms of Post- Traumatic
Stress Disorder as the measure of trauma impact, and also recognizing community
and societal dynamics and behaviors are indicators of unaddressed trauma;
processes from multiple fields—human and economic security, conflict
transformation, restorative justice, neurobiology, psychology and
spirituality—which can address the effects of trauma and increase resilience;
that addressing the psychological needs of populations creates the need to
monitor staff for secondary trauma and to equip them with self-care skills.
GSN’s fundamental approach creates safe
spaces which foster real dialogue within fragmented communities. The approach
confronts the past and injustices in safe and empowering settings increasing
both self and collective awareness and resilience.
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