News and Upcoming Events

Alternatives to Violence Program:
Basic Level Workshop October 2019

A three-day basic workshop of the Alternatives to Violence Program is planned for October 11-13, 2019. If you are interested to join, please contact us at craspdpiass@gmail.com.

Restorative Dialogue Training October 20 – 24, 2019

CRASPD will organize a training on the “Restorative Dialogue” approach that combines conflict management with mental healing, for staff and volunteers of partner organizations and peacebuilders in the region. This approach to restoring harmony in communities through a circle process involving all community members who are / were involved in or affected by violence was developed by Dominic Barter, a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. (https://www.restorativecircles.org, or https://restorativejusticeontherise.org/dominic-barter-of-restorative-circles/ and http://www.restorativecircles.org/systems-and-facilitation) CRASPD has invited Duke Duchscherer, an internationally acknowledged trainer of Restorative Dialogue and CNVC certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication, to lead our training in October.  The Restorative Dialogue 5-day training will include an introduction to the characteristics and steps of the Restorative Circles process and a multitude of opportunities to practice different techniques of this approach. Twenty persons from different partner organizations and institutions of PIASS and GIZ CPS will be invited to participate. 

Healing for Peace Conference October 27 – 29, 2019

Under the title “Healing for Peace: Caring for mental wounds to help communities after large scale violence” CRASPD will organize a conference with representatives of different integrated approaches for peacebuilding through psychological support. They will learn more about each other’s approaches and find a safe platform to discuss the conditions, challenges and effective practices to integrate psychological support into peacebuilding programs.

The discussions and networking between the different regional actors during the conference will contribute to the ongoing cooperation to develop effective practices for combining support for mental wellbeing with peacebuilding after violent conflict.  This conference also aims at building sustainable working relationships between actors from various organizations and institutions working in the field.