Mittwoch, 15. Mai - Mittwoch, 05. Juni 10:00 Uhr - 14:00 Uhr

Trauma-Informed Peacebuilding

Building Peace through Humanity and Dignity

Trainer: Nicole Gallant, Amela Puljek-Shank
Language: English

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.


  • 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.


Total expected weekly hours: 5 to 7 hours per week


  • 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

weitere Informationen

Veranstalter: Akademie für Konflikttransformation im forumZFD


Veranstaltungsort: Online, nach der Anmeldung erhalten Sie, per Mail, Zugangsdaten zu unserem Lernportal

Akademie für Konflikttransformation im forumZFD

Ansprechpartner: Marie Zornbach
Anmeldung: Online bis 01.05:

315€ when booking until 20 March 2024; Regular Price: 350€