This month we focus on the staggering reality of trauma, its various sources, and the efforts to prevent and alleviate it. The featured resource is the recently released training module on Confronting the Global Burden of Trauma (online course, June 2015). Take the time, request the time etc. to go through this short course! We also include the edited handbook, Trauma and Resilience (2012) as well as a variety of trauma-relevant resources such as the Global Status Report on Violence Prevention (2014). We finish with three quotes from Transforming the World by 2030 (June 2015), a crucial synthesis document on sustainable development by the United Nations. Taken together, the resources in this Update offer important guidance to member care, mission-aid, and other colleagues who are committed to leveraging their competencies and character on behalf of our globalizing world.
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell
Fierce is the wind tonight.
It plows up the white hair of the sea.
I have no fear that the Viking hosts
Shall come over the water to me.
(some poetic perspectives on traumatic stressors, circa 8th century Ireland)
20th Century Death--Selected Major Causes
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Source: Information is Beautiful
An Urgent Case to Confront the Global Burden of Trauma is the opening "Advocacy Module" for the upcoming online training course on traumatic stress (developed by UNITAR, University of Worcester, NGO Forum for Health, and EMDR Europe). We have been privileged to work on this course (six modules) for over two years now with a great group of colleagues from the above organizations. We strongly encourage you to prioritize it: Take the time, request the time etc. to go through this short course!
--Access the course brochure here: Confronting Trauma: A Primer for Global Action.
--Watch the TedXTalk from the Advocacy Module's author, Rolf Carriere: Healing Trauma, Healing Humanity.
“The overall aim of the [advocacy] module is to introduce the international humanitarian, development and UN communities to the large unmet need for psychological trauma care and therapy. It specifies the many diverse population groups and individuals affected by trauma (including staff of humanitarian organizations) and the serious consequences trauma has for them. After the description of the magnitude of the problem, the module presents some recent innovations in the field of psychology that have opened up dramatic new possibilities, which hold the promise of an effective response at scale. Going to scale, in turn, poses new challenges and opportunities to the main stakeholder audiences for this module, who are mostly at policy level (and hence high levels of influence) and include diplomats, policy makers, politicians, donors, journalists, humanitarian, civil society and other human development leaders.”
Note: The procedure for accessing this Advocacy Module involves a few steps which are similar for other United Nations websites. Click here: www.learnatunitar.org. Once you are on the main page, click on the tab: "create a new account." Once you have filled in the information for the account, the system will generate an e-mail with a link that you have to follow for verification. When this is done, you have access to the platform. Next, click on "courses" (on the top bar) and select "peacekeeping." In the new page that opens, select the course "confronting trauma" and insert the following enrollment key: Trauma_2015 You now will be able to access the Advocacy Module.
Trauma and Resilience: A Handbook--Effectively Supporting Those Who Serve God
, edited by Frauke Schaefer, MD and Charles Schaefer, PhD (2012, Condeo Press
). "This book brings together theological perspectives; personal stories; and spiritual, psychological, community, and medical resources. It is research-based and at the same time practical. This is a handbook for church and mission leaders, peer supporters, counselors, those in personnel and member care roles, as well as those who suffer. It is also an excellent resource for training courses about this topic." Click here for the Kindle edition.
Global Status Report on Violence Prevention
Summer Institute in Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York. "[This is] a two-module immersion training program for mental health, health, and allied professionals working with populations that have endured severe adversities and trauma, such as domestic and political violence, extreme poverty, armed conflict, epidemics, and natural disasters. The two modules will run in succession over 12 days (6 days each) in early July (in 2015 from July 6 to July 18). Participants may attend both modules or choose either one. The program will utilize a combination of didactic presentations, hands-on interactive exercises, case studies, and experiential approaches to organizational team building and staff stress management."
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). “[ISTSS] is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences…ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world. We are the premier society for the exchange of professional knowledge and expertise in the field…Members of ISTSS include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, advocates, journalists, clergy, and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress…ISTSS members come from a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings around the world, including public and private health facilities, private practice, universities, non-university research foundations and from many different cultural backgrounds.”
International Humanitarian Policy and Law. Five webinars online (30-40 minutes each, the final two in July) organized by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) It is well worth your time to watch these presentations (stretch into new areas of knowledge). The expert presenters summarize/discuss over 150 years of international treaty and customary law for regulating combat (Hague for combatants and Geneva for civilians) and the application (or lack thereof) to current conflicts.
, World Health Organization (2014). "[This Report], which reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. " Both the full report and the summary report are available in several languages. It builds upon the previous World Report on Violence and Health (2002).
- Introduction to IHL and its relevance for humanitarian actors, 21 May 2015
- IHL and Core Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, 3 June 2015
- The Fundamental Principles of IHL Regulating Hostilities: military necessity, distinction, and proportionality, 17 June 2015
- Qualification of Armed Conflict and Determining the Applicable Law, 8 July 2015
- Qualification of Situations: case studies from recent practice, 22 July 2015
Global Peace Index 2015 (map and Report) by Vision of Humanity
. Click on either link to access the map--to expand it, review the various indices to determine "peace" rankings, etc.
Transforming or Taumatizing the World?
"The Future is in our Hands"
Transforming the World by 2030: A New Agenda for Global Action (2 June 2015) is the latest high-level document for the intergovernmental negotiations for the Post 2015 development agenda. It is a crucial source of synthesized thinking-experience as we head towards the UN Assembly in September 2015. You can track with the sustainable development efforts and progress at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/.
We have included a few excerpts below from this document. We think that they will inspire you to read more and to consider how to further leverage your competencies and character in our globalizing world. Dealing with the sources and effects of trauma are a core part of mission-aid. They are also key for the sustainable development of people, planet, and peace!
"28. Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace. The new Agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies, based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), the rule of law and effective and accountable institutions. These are fundamental requirements for the achievement of sustainable development. Factors which give rise to violence, insecurity and injustice, such as corruption and poor governance, are addressed in the Agenda. We must redouble our efforts to resolve or prevent conflict and to support countries emerging from conflict situations so as to lay the foundations for sustainable development. We commit to remove the obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation, which continue to adversely affect their economic and social development as well as their environment....
43. “We the Peoples” are the celebrated opening words of the UN Charter. It is “We the Peoples” who are embarking today on the road to 2030. Our journey will involve Governments, Parliaments, local authorities, business and the private sector, the scientific and academic community, civil society – and ordinary citizens. Millions have already engaged with, and will own, this agenda. It is an agenda by and for the people – and this, we believe, will ensure its success.
44. The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation, who will pass the torch to future generations. We have mapped the road to sustainable development; it will be for all of us to ensure that the journey is irreversible."
Actively integrating our lives (connecting and contributing) with global realities
(skillfully addressing the major issues facing humanity and promoting well being)
in light of our core values (e.g., ethical imperatives, commitment to humanity, faith-based).
More MCA Resources
Global Portal for Good Practice (website)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice (weblog)
Global Mental Health: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website)
Global Integration: Connecting and Contributing (updates, materials, webinars)
Global Member Care: (volume one): The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice (2011)
Global Member Care (volume two): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013)
(the e-book version is available on Amazon)