People and Societies can cope with traumatic experiences and mobilize new resources!
A number of people from conflict contexts, as well as migrants have lived through traumatic experiences. Effects which occur immediately after violence. This has long-term social and economic implications.
Negative consequences of traumatic experiences
Traumatic experiences do negatively affect the wellbeing of people and society.
Traumatic experiences undermine confidence, innovation and creative power. Affected, her family and her work suffer the consequences. This results in personal setbacks, but also setbacks at the societal level.
Unresolved trauma endanger social integration and stability. They hinder reconcilitaion and pacification processes and reduce the chances on the labor market and in the area of innovation.
It is assumed that 20-30% of people in postwar contexts, and 50-70% of people experiencing forced migration suffer from traumatic experiences requiring support for self-healing.
Such large numbers have negative impact on security, reconstruction, rehabilitation and governance. There is limited confidence in institutions. This is limiting the functioning of social networks: Also the functionality of local government structures may be weakened and economic growth may be significantly affected.
Enabling posttraumatic growth. The path is our goal.
People who are victims of violence or have exercised violence, have experienced injustice. This injustice characterizes her life and changes it forever. Injustice need to be tackled and there is need to emphasize a process of restoring justice and healing (restorative justice) in trauma work.
Nevertheless, post-traumatic growth is also possible. But post-traumatic growth does not mean that PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and emotional scars aren’t there — it just means that there have been life changes in which growth occurs. People and Societes can learn to integrate and live with the consequences of their traumatic experiences and mobilize new resources. Thus they are able to find new solutions for their own lives and to support the reconstruction of their situation, their society and their country.
Therefore, development and integration programs, in addition to the that in addition to the pursuit of their own objectives, also involve the coping with traumatic experiences, are more purposeful and also contribute to the attainment of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG 2030) of the UN.
More people need access to methods of trauma healing and creative approaches which enable them in their personal development, socially and economically. People who have experienced traumatic experiences, especially children and young people need support on this challenging path.