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Mental Health, Conflict Management and Social Action (2) (in Conversation)

Mental Health, Conflict Management and Social Action (2) (in Conversation)

Dr Dinka Corkalo Biruski discusses a capacity building program that aimed to empower key community figures to become leaders of change. The approach was based on community psychosocial work, conflict management and social action in post-conflict divided communities.

The program helped the participants identify barriers to social reconstruction in their respective communities, relate to suffering of victims on both sides of the conflict, and empower them to initiate and lead a community social action, thus facilitating the “bottom up” approach to building stability and peace.

In this presentation Dr Dinka Corkalo Biruski is interviewed by Nooria Mehraby about the impact of collective trauma on re-construction of communities

Dr Biruski discusses the effects of trauma on the process of re-construction of the communities; what defines a ‘divided community’ as well as highlighting the role of oppressive regimes in dividing communities.

She also suggests how to work towards re-conciliation, empowering the community  leaders to become agents of change, facilitators of social cohesion and leaders of social actions for the benefit of the community.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Mental Health, STARTTS 2009


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