Trauma, Development and Peacebuilding : Toward an Integrated Psychological Approach - Phase II

Over the past decade, the peace, conflict and development community has begun to question the value of medicalized approaches such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in dealing with aftermath of political violence of a mass nature. The psychosocial framework to understanding trauma following political violence stresses the importance of thinking about political trauma from both a psychological and social perspective. An exploratory first phase funded under project 104622 brought together experts in the fields of trauma, peacebuilding and development at a roundtable in Delhi, India, to determine best practices in psychosocial work in conflict and post-conflict societies, and draw up a research agenda to address trauma from a psychosocial perspective.

This phase will support six case studies on the practice of psychosocial interventions, their relationship to peacebuilding and related themes such as resiliency, and their ability to facilitate other forms of social transformation. The findings will be disseminated in a handbook, a workshop for key policymakers, and a dedicated website hosted by the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) based at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Project ID

105691

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 527,600

Countries

India, Ireland

Program

Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Brandon Hamber

Institution

University of Ulster

Institution Country

Ireland

Institution Website

http://www.ulster.ac.uk