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PBB MISSION AWARDS – 2010

BUILDING DURABLE PEACE (BDP): ENHANCING INTERAGENCY RELATIONSHIPS IN PEACEBUILDING 

HRACH GREGORIAN  AND LARA OLSON
PEACEBUILDING, DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY PROGRAM, CMSS, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, CANADA
A critical part of response to post-conflict distress is the maintenance and support of durable peace between competing factions. Peacebuilding aims to prevent future traumatic distress and helps support the recovery of people suffering from post-traumatic distress. This project used systems and network analyses to examine the role of national and international organizations in supporting peace in four areas recovering from conflict, and how these organizations could improve coordination and sustainability of activities to ensure lasting peace and support mental health and wellbeing. Findings have been presented to government agencies and presented at public forums. The group is currently working on a book manuscript.Click here  to download  G8 Security Sector Capacity Building in Fragile States: Examining Effectiveness and Coherence.

INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING IN RWANDA  
AND EFFECTS UPON RESILIENCY
PATRICIA PASICK
STORIES FOR HOPE-RWANDA

The genocide in Rwanda has left enduring impacts on the population, including both those old enough to have experienced it directly as well as those who were younger or who have been born since the genocide. This project used an intergenerational storytelling approach, based on the principles of Narrative Therapy and supported by psychologists, to support community recovery from the genocide experience. It allowed for the documentation and distribution of the experiences shared by survivors of the genocide. This project included research into the effectiveness of the intervention into reducing distress and increasing positive emotions in people who experienced primary as well as secondary  exposure to the trauma, as well as research into predictors of distress in Rwanda. Results are currently being analyzed. For more information on the project visit Stories for Hope .

“Ann Arbor psychologist Patricia Pasick establishes ‘Stories for Hope Rwanda”   –  CLICK TO READ