52 government and community leaders trained in trauma management and psychosocial support in Juba.

Mar 3, 2017

On Friday, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Global Trauma Project, held a graduation ceremony for 45 facilitators in trauma management and psychosocial support at the Women’s Union Hall in Juba.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported a Trauma Management and Psychosocial Support Training of Facilitators that aimed to enhance the capacity of select government officials and non-government representatives in South Sudan to better respond to the conflict-related trauma within the communities where they work. Through this programme, UNDP worked with Global Trauma Project, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Gender, Juba City Council and civil society organizations (CSOs) to support communities in their management of trauma experienced on a personal level, to ultimately encourage better self-management skills and improved overall community security.

The participants included a cross section of 20 male and 32 female from Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, South Sudan Police Service, Quarter Council Chiefs, women leaders in the community and representatives from the CSOs.

“Learning about trauma has given me a deeper insight into a comprehensive understanding of trauma, how it impacts the body, the mind, and behavior, and how the brain becomes hard-wired and associations are formed that cause us to respond in rigid automatic manners, rather than how we would want to respond. As a police officer, I will use the knowledge and skills acquired to focus on identifying, addressing, and resolving the underlying trauma issues in a safe and secure manner to allow for externalizing, containment, and reconstruction for better community,” Said Col James Dak Loro, Director Special Protection Unit, SSNPS HQs.

“I found the information around trauma right brain activating and the strategies focusing on right brain response really helpful. As an attorney, I am now better equipped to handle all calibres of people when executing my duties,” stated Hon. Emmanuel John, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

“It related directly to my field and has sparked a lot of ideas and different approaches. The content was very informative, it makes me want to do better at my job with the children and women who are traumatized and to try harder to make them better,” said Suzan Wasuk Felix, a social worker attached to Toto Chan Child Trauma management Centre, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.

The Director General of Vocational and Technical Training, Ministry of Education Gideon Kuc remarked that “Trauma is so much entrenched in the lives of South Sudanese that it is considered normal, yet the effects are destructive, leading to fatalities. Now with the skills and knowledge you have acquired, go out and help people heal.”

UNDP’s Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen congratulated the trainees and commended the joint efforts of the various partners for making the training a success. “You are the flag bearers for “Trauma-Informed Community Empowerment” in your communities. You have an important role to play in furthering the cause of lasting peace, social cohesion, nation-building and the development of this beloved country of South Sudan. In the execution of this noble cause, always remember trauma cuts across all religions, tribes, ages and genders. This is why UNDP found it necessary not only to extend its support to you, but also to work in partnership with Global Trauma Project, who are leaders in this field.”

“This training will enable the community to manage trauma to ensure all the crimes arising from the effects of trauma are reasonably reduced. It is a seed that has been planted, and we are awaiting the sprouting of the plants and to enjoy the fruits,” said the representative of His Worship the Mayor of Juba, Mr. Sebit John, during his address. He also thanked UNDP for the continued support in improving the lives of South Sudanese.  

As part of the programme, similar trainings will be rolled out to other states that have been adversely affected by the crisis. 

For more information please contact:

Kymberly Bays, UNDP Communications Officer: kymberly.bays@undp.org.

 

The UNDP Access to Justice and Rule of Law project aims to enhance access to justice to the citizens of South Sudan, with special focus on women; reduce case backlog and prolonged and arbitrary detention at the state level; ascertain customary law; and strengthen the capacity of the Police Service, Prison Service, Ministry of Justice, and the Judiciary.

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