Trauma Awareness training for Refugees

by Adeola Ojeniyi in Brighton, East Sussex, England

Trauma Awareness training for Refugees
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Training and integration support initiatives

by Adeola Ojeniyi in Brighton, East Sussex, England

The last century may be regarded as one of the most brutal in human history, especially in Europe measured by the number of people affected by violent conflicts and its reverberating effects around the globe . Early in the twenty first century, hundreds of conflicts continues across the globe and most recently the civil unrest in the Arab world tagged "Arab spring". This among other things has led to the Syrian civil war and the ethno-communal clashes in Libya that has displaced millions and causing millions to flee to Europe for safety and this has created a major cause for concern. Yet as our fractured continental and global family struggles to find the answers to this tetra-hydra  problem. A major problem and link has been consistently overlooked by agencies and governments. There is a direct link between trauma, security and violence.  Politicians , activist , human rights campaigners and general public tend to think that as soon as you are able to remove a victim of violence from the location of the violence,  there is a general misconception that the person is safe but this resettlement focused approach doesn't adequately consider the traumatic experiences these individuals have gone through and how to treat and heal these wounds because unhealed trauma will create another cycle of violence and security threats. Everyone who has gone through one form of violence or the other needs delicate support because trauma and violence are integrally linked. Violence often leads to trauma and untreated trauma in turn can lead to violence and further security threats. Trauma affects our very physiology, including our ability to be integrated fully in a society  and ability to do whole brain thinking.  Trauma related violence can come in diverse forms. Some  traumas are triggered by explosive situations like violent conflict , while others can be in the form of verbal assault, hate speech or psychological torture. This project is designed  to train young people and youth workers on how to transform trauma from a repressed form of denial into an opportunity to help the victims to discover another reality by seeking support and treatment. This project will target victims of violence both violent conflicts, domestic and society instigated violence and refugees.  Because of the fears and concerns already expressed against refugees in certain European cities, if this kinds of trainings are not undertaken by victims of violence especially refugees, the backlash of a potential lash out that may occur in communities.  This  project will be an opportunity to break the nexus between trauma and violence. This training will be facilitated through non-formal participatory methods with integrated world cafe methods.Objectives- To train young people and youth workers on how to identify types of trauma-To train young people and youth workers on how to understand how trauma affects the body, mind, emotions and community-To train young people and youth workers on how to transform Trauma- To train young people and youth workers on how to recognize trauma-To train young people and youth workers on how to understand the experience of people and societies that experience and cause traumagenic violence- To train young people and youth workers on how to understand the relationship of the cycles of violence initiated by unresolved trauma- To train young people and youth workers on trauma grid mapping- To train young people and youth workers on how to build emotional resilience- To train young people and youth workers emotional intelligence- To train young people and youth workers on communication skills- To train young people and youth workers on mediation and negotiation skills-  To train young people and youth workers on counseling techniques

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