Title: Trauma Healing through Understanding and Managing Fear and Forgiveness
Description of the Project:
A 5-day residential Trauma Healing workshop, aimed at those working with disadvantaged and traumatised youth, refugees or CEV.
The intervention is distinctly different to other evidence based methods in use today: those who value their privacy, prefer not to participate in group therapy or seek one-on-one counselling, benefit significantly.
It was first proven on a large scale in 2009-2011, when Feminenza, funded by UN WOMEN and SIDA, trained and mentored 25 women leaders across Kenya’s Rift Valley to rehabilitate individuals and communities crippled by the 2008 post-election violence). Structured surveys, involving over 2000 respondents, from a wide tribal sample, spanning 6 languages, statistically demonstrated that that this intervention heals all ages, both genders and brings sustained value to people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Similar successes have been documented in Africa, across Europe and North America. The process measurably counters extremism, builds community resilience to radicalisation of youth, improves community integration especially where there is a history of religious, ethnic and gender based violence.
Follow up programmes, funded by USAID and the US DREAMS initiative revealed, on the basis of surveys using Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS), that it significantly improves the rehabilitation of perpetrators (of gang violence), improves the rehabilitation rate of trauma victims and those boxed in by poverty, AIDs and severe gender based violence. Stories of lives set free from guilt, shame, intolerance - renewing, regenerating – are common.
In order to enable the public, and particularly those at risk to benefit more widely, Feminenza has decided to engage the Erasmus network, to enable youth to both benefit and play a pivotal role in making these benefits available to those at risk. Two levels of potential involvement are intended:
LEVEL 1: This provides the participants with direct access to the intervention.
Participants of the Level 1 experience are required to this apply learning into their
LEVEL 2: Significantly more commitment is needed: 20 days of mandatory face to
The 5 day Level 1 experience is, funding permitting, scheduled to occur in Europe in Autumn 2019.
Partner Sought: They are looking for 7 more partners from Australia, New Zealand, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Nominated participants for the Level 1 experience do not need a vocational qualification. However we will require assurance that the nominees are committed to this kind of work. Knowledge skills and attitudes are transferred. We expect participants to embrace the principle that real change, real peace, real management of fear, starts from within.
Attendees may, if they wish, apply to be considered for the Level 2 course.
Contact: Desmond O'Sullivan