At an invitation with the delegates at the Department of Psychiatry, WISCOMP conducted and interactive discussion with 30 psychologists and psycho-social counselors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi on November 15-16, 2016. Seema Kakran, Deputy Director, WISCOMP shared the experiences and the work conducted in areas grappling with post-conflict situations within South Asia. Kakran examined how the need to reconcile the micro levels – personal and interpersonal – with the macro levels of social change that arise out of political violence; to see how trauma manifests itself in varied fashions – psychologically, socially, physiologically, and spiritually; to offer education about secondary trauma and risk of compassion fatigue for the caregivers working in situations of traumatic violent conflict; and to discover strategies and build skills to help the practitioners in their work.
During the interaction, the Counselors asked about the specific strategies used for trauma healing with youth and school going children bringing with them a rich spectrum of personal and professional insights. The interaction provided a context for discussion on how creative arts and sports have been used within both educational and community spaces for healing young people from the effects of protracted conflict and war. Seema also shared how the counselors can become positive change agents who rebuild relationships in the community where spaces for dialogue and peacebuilding have shrunk.