Community Health in Conflict Settings: Trauma-aware Programming

Community Health in Conflict Settings
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About the Event

Community Health in Conflict Settings: Trauma-aware Programming and Practice is a workshop on 13th April, 2015 wherein participants will be given fast assessment tools and strategies for intervention to staff and organizational operations affected by traumatic events and high stress. The participants will be trained in examining the physiological, cognitive, emotional and behavioural responses to traumatic events. This will help deepen their understanding in regards to the power of resiliency in recovery and trauma prevention. Also, trauma sensitive practices will be covered by using case studies and personal narratives. Organizational issues will also be covered by reviewing care staff policies and improving* project cycle management.

Purpose of Trauma-aware Programming and Practice

The workshop is for providing global public health practitioners with practical strategies and useful insights for the implementation of trauma-sensitivity when it comes to programming and daily operations in conflict and post-conflict situations. It is also for understanding how high stress and trauma affects the body, mind and behaviour of a person. The workshop also aims to improve* the understanding of how trauma-sensitive approaches can help improve* the effectiveness of global public health policies and practices not just at the individual but the organizational level as well. Practical tools for self-care, resilience and staff-care will also be covered along with quick assessment tools and important questions in regards to trauma-sensitive project cycle management.

Purpose of Trauma-aware Programming and Practice

Key Personalities in the Event

Daria Nashat:
She is an independent consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of peace-building, post-conflict community building and refugee return. She works internationally helping educate professionals about resilience, staff-care and self-care for persons and organizations in high-stress and high-risk environments. She is also a course instructor for (Strategies for Trauma-Informed Organizations” at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute this year. She also practices Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR).

Barry Hart:
He is a professor of Trauma, Identity and Conflict Studies at the Eastern Mennonite University’s Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding. He has extensive experience internationally in peacebuilding, resiliency work and psychosocial trauma working with local partners and international non-government organizations. Barry is known for establishing a psychosocial trauma and conflict transformation program in Liberia, West Africa for a renowned national health care organization. He is also one of the founders of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at the Eastern Mennonite University.

Event Details and Venue

The event will be on the 13th of April, 2015 starting from 9 AM until 5 PM. It will be in Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center. The exact address is 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA, 22311. The cost is only $25 which includes breakfast, lunch and workshop costs. Participants interested can register for the event only but also has the option to add to the conference registration. The event is co-hosted by USAID.

Message of The Event

It is important to help global public health practitioners improve* their knowledge which can be done by giving them practical insights and strategies in regards to trauma-sensitivity. Highs stress also has various effects on the body, mind and behaviour of a person thus the need for the correct approach in the recovery process. There is also the importance of using practical tools for self-care, resilience and staff-care for public health practitioners and the rest of their team.

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.

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