Trauma Resilience and Well-being: The International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice Workshop

Published October 18, 2023
Location Thailand

In a picturesque setting amidst the lush rice fields of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand, a transformative experience took place from September 25th to 29th. Four members of the APTN team—Marli, Erik, Joe, and Mint—participated in the “7 Days Trauma Resilience and Well-being Workshop” organized by the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice. This workshop was a unique opportunity for these individuals to deepen their understanding of trauma resilience and explore the pathways to well-being.

The workshop were led by two facilitators, Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood, who are renowned for their expertise in trauma resilience and well-being, and they led the participants through a profound journey of self-discovery.

One of the most powerful aspects of this experience was the opportunity to share the space with 16 other activists. These individuals hailed from conflict-ridden areas and were often refugees themselves, bringing with them a wealth of lived experiences and stories. Sharing their narratives was an invaluable part of the workshop, as it reinforced the understanding of the profound impact of trauma on people’s lives.

Over the course of the 7 days, participants delved into a rich curriculum, learning about various aspects of trauma resilience and well-being:

Understanding Trauma: The workshop began by examining what trauma is, the different types of trauma, and how it manifests in our lives. Understanding the signs and symptoms of trauma is the first step toward healing.

The Brain Science of Trauma: Participants were introduced to the fascinating world of brain science, gaining insight into the neurological processes that occur when we’re triggered by past traumas. This knowledge was instrumental in helping individuals understand their own reactions and responses.

Deep Listening Techniques: A powerful technique taught during the workshop was deep listening. This method involves being fully present for someone who is suffering and avoiding the impulse to give advice. Instead, the listener offers unwavering support and validation, empowering the person who is suffering by recognizing their inherent strength.

Self-Care and Transformation: A central theme of the workshop was the transition from mere coping to true well-being. Participants explored strategies for self-care that allowed them to transform their lives positively. By the end of the workshop, everyone had a personalized plan for their own well-being journey.

The 7 Days Trauma Resilience and Well-being Workshop by the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice left a lasting impact on all who attended. It was a profound experience of self-discovery, resilience-building, and empowerment. The knowledge and skills gained during these seven days will not only benefit the APTN staff but also have a ripple effect on their work and the communities they serve.

This workshop was a testament to the power of collective learning, healing, and growth. In a world where trauma is unfortunately prevalent, the tools and techniques explored in this workshop are invaluable resources to foster well-being and peace. The International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice has once again shown that their commitment to fostering a world free from the burden of trauma is unwavering, and their workshops are making a difference, one participant at a time.