Program Template PPSR

ADDRESSING THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA IN CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT SETTINGS. 

Trauma and chronic stress are underrecognized influences on community and political violence. We design, test, and scale trauma-informed approaches to conflict resolution, social cohesion, and mitigating violent extremism.

THE PROBLEM

Despite decades of progress in human rights and conflict prevention, hundreds of millions of people around the world are still vulnerable to trauma due to slavery, trafficking, torture, violent extremism, war, forced displacement, and systemic racism.

In conflict settings and developing countries, access to mental health care and trauma recovery services can be incredibly limited. Even in the most developed countries, mental health needs vastly outpace the supply of appropriate, evidence-based care.

Trauma left untreated can contribute to continued cycles of violence as individuals navigate a world of heightened threats, dwindling resources, and limited care.

As more people are impacted by conflict and violence, the need to address trauma in order to prevent health and social crisis grows.

IN THE NEWS

“I Have Never Hurt Anybody”

What To Do About Mental Health In PVE: Insights From Central Asia

Psychosocial support and trauma sensitivity for preventing violent extremism

من الفرار إلى الحرية

From Fleeing To Freeing

Whose Vulnerability? Trauma Recovery in the Reintegration of Former Violent Extremists

About Stigma and Other Barriers to Mental Health Care

PAVING THE WAY FOR HEALING

NEUROSCIENCE and PEACEBUILDING

سلسلة “تحت المجهر: مقدمة إلى بداية جديدة”

Through the Magnifying Glass: An Introduction to a New Beginning

From Syria to Jordan to Mexico: complementary pathways provide hope for Syrian refugees

Sanando Heridas (Healing Wounds): Reframing Mental Health in Latin America

Study Outlines Syrian Refugees’ Response to Psychoeducation Intervention Program

Self-help tool reduces refugees’ psychological distress and mental health stigma

Self-help tool reduces refugees’ psychological distress and mental health stigma

Ugly, Uglier, Ugliest: Migration at a Time of Covid

Confronting the emotional toll of covering COVID-19

From Minneapolis to Facebook Feeds, Police Protests are Roiling our Psyches

دروسٌ من الأردن: فائدة النفَس العميق على الصحة العقلية

Lessons from Jordan: How Deep Breath Can Be Helpful for Mental Health

حرك جسمك باستمرار في خلال أزمة كوفيد-19

Keep Your Body Moving Through COVID-19

Coronavirus Anxiety: Your Brain’s Search for Certainty

Epigenetics and Empiricism, w/ Mike Niconchuk

Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond

Self-help tool helps Syrians deal with the trauma of war

Fighting Stigma and Providing Mental Health Care to Syrian Refugees

To Reach Students, Start by Educating Teachers on Their Own Brains

Awareness Is the Beginning of Healing

An Opportunity to Create a New Narrative of Mental Health

Neuroscience and Peacebuilding: Reframing How We Think About Conflict and Prejudice

OUR APPROACH

We conduct research and designs innovations that place stress, trauma, and psychosocial support at the center of how we understand and pursue violent conflict prevention, reduction, and resolution.

We strive to understand how the adaptations that trauma produces in individuals and communities influence trajectories of conflict and then intervene on those trauma-related adaptations that jeopardize peace and community cohesion.

In this way, we can create enabling environments for sustainable conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Research Brief: Initial Impact of the Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology
Field Guide Content Sample
SAMPLE: The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology

DIAGNOSE

We research how trauma causes adaptations that affect individual biology and psychology as well as interpersonal and intergroup behavior, and how those adaptations affect social stability and conflict potential.

DESIGN

We design practical trauma-focused psychosocial interventions to improve how communities prevent, resolve, and recover from violence.

REDEFINE

Through original research, policy briefs, talks, and events, we redefine public discourse, philanthropy, policy in order to amplify the role of trauma-focused interventions in peacebuilding and violence prevention.

CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS

JORDAN & SYRIA

Refugees & Destigmatizing Mental Health

The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology (TFG) is a trauma-focused psychosocial program that uses storytelling, psychoeducation, and self-care exercises delivered across 12-15 sessions by trained peer facilitators to (1) clarify why and how adverse experiences can affect the brain, body, and social behavior, and (2) ameliorate the negative effects of stress and trauma and promote help-seeking behaviors.

TFG was externally evaluated by The New School and the University of California for use among refugees in Jordan and has been shown to cause sustainable improvements in mental health stigma, PTSD symptoms, and emotion regulation. TFG has been deployed in Jordan and Syria since 2019, and in 2021 we launched a customized online platform and accompanying Android and IOS applications to reach individuals with digital psychosocial support in hard-to-reach areas.

UNITED STATES

Aiding in the Rehabilitation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF)

Since 2020, Beyond Conflict has been working with the United States Institute of Peace to develop an action guide for practitioners working in Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reconciliation. The action guide brings together the top minds in the fields of behavioral health, trauma recovery, justice and accountability, and social cohesion to offer an accessible overview of how communities in various settings can safely and sustainably reintegrate those who have participated in extremist violence.

CENTRAL ASIA

Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

In 2021, Beyond Conflict partnered with the United Nations Development Program to integrate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into preventing and countering violent extremism in Central Asia. Beyond Conflict has been providing technical assistance to UNDP country offices to mainstream mental health and psychosocial support into national extremism prevention agendas and has been accompanying partners through the science-informed design of projects that use psychosocial support as the focus for preventing extremism.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Community Violence and Social Cohesion

Beyond Conflict has partnered with Glasswing International to support building “trauma-informed ecosystems” across Central America, as part of Glasswing’s Audacious Project. Beyond Conflict is working closely with Glasswing to design tiered training programs and interventions that will be used by more than 100,000 police, hospital, and education personnel in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras over the next 4 years to reduce the impact of trauma and violence in communities in the three countries.

MEET THE TEAM

JASMINE RAMSEY

Program Lead

TIM PHILLIPS

Founder & CEO

CURRENT PROJECTS

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