Psychosocial Practice, Peacebuilding and Social Change
30th of April 2014
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
The terms ‘psychosocial interventions’ and ‘peacebuilding’ are often used as umbrella phrases. A primary goal of ‘psychosocial interventions’ is to improve wellbeing of individuals and families, while ‘peacebuilding’ tends to focus on communal and institutional processes. Psychosocial practitioners often do not see their work as directly related to social change, while those involved in peacebuilding initiatives can have a limiting focus on individual wellbeing. This event will look at the synergies between psychosocial work, social change and communal recovery, within the context of collective violence. Specifically, the event will showcase the findings from a project entitled ‘Trauma, Development and Peacebuilding: Towards an Integrated Psychosocial Approach’. This project was undertaken by the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at the University of Ulster, with multidisciplinary researchers with expertise in violent conflict from around the globe. Articles from the project have been recently published in Intervention, the Journal of Mental health & Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas. The authors who have contributed to this Special Section will present their work and address the complex question of how to link psychosocial interventions to peacebuilding and social change.
- Professor Brandon Hamber, Director of INCORE at University of Ulster and Visiting Professor ACMS: Narrowing the gap between psychosocial practice, peacebuilding and wider social change
- Dr Elizabeth Gallagher, University of Ulster: Psychosocial programming, and macro peacebuilding strategies with young men in Northern Ireland
- Dr Alison Crosby, Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University: Creativity as an intervention strategy with Mayan women in Guatemala
- Dr Ingrid Palmary, Associate Professor, ACMS: Remembering, healing and telling: community initiated approaches to trauma care in South Africa.
Seminar held at South West Engineering Seminar Room, Wits University
9:30am to 4pm including lunch. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank the International Development Research Centre for their support of the research that underpins several of the articles in Intervention, as well as Medico International for their specific support for this event.» » »