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Seminar: Beyond-the-individual-community-self-help-interaction-academia-and-caregivers

In discussion with experts from Rwanda in sociotherapy

This workshop is situated in a collaboration between University of Humanistic Studies and ARQ (National Psychotrauma Center) through the endowed chair 'Psychotrauma, loss and grief following disasters and violence' by Geert Smid. We aim for an intercultural conversation that will give new input to various discussions that we have here in the Netherlands, around mourning, care, therapy, etc.

In this seminar we invite international panel members to reflect on their experiences rooted in the daily realities of grassroots intervention with conflict-affected communities in Rwanda. In Rwanda, it has been more than 25 years since the genocide against the Tutsi raged. Still, for many people, and their children, it is as if the genocide happened yesterday. Programs of community-based sociotherapy were implemented in communities and in refugees camps and prisons in order to facilitate processes of individual and social healing intersected with peacebuilding from below. These programs more and more include young people as participants, such as the second or third generation.

The seminar will address questions such as the limitations of an individualistic approach, intercultural and intergenerational issues and rituals. Specific questions will be discussed with the audience, such as:

  • Key topics of discussion in sociotherapy
  • How social support takes shape: information, emotional support, practical support
  • To what extent is the past brought up: incidents of violence, deceased, missing persons
  • To what extent do feelings about the past come up, such as guilt and revenge
  • The question of whether humanistici and / or (h) gv-ers would see a role for themselves in research or dissemination of socio-therapy (or corresponding interventions). And if so, how this would fit into their career planning.
  • Sociotherapy as method was developed in Europe, later implemented but also adapted in Rwanda by including local elements, and we will ask, what can we learn from this method for new, more relational ‘GB’ practices in the Netherlands.
The panellists work in the Community-Based Sociotherapy Rwanda (CBS Rwanda):
Lucie Nzaramba - Social community therapist and program director
Emmanuel Sarabwe - Social community therapist and project coordinator
Angela Jansen - Program manager CBS Rwanda & co-founder International Institute for Community Based Sociotherapy

Update 9 March: Change of programme
Unfortunetely, Lucie Nzaramba and Emmanuel Sarabwe had to leave earlier. They had to take into account the possibility of flight restrictions because of the Corona virus. The workshop will go on. Angela Jansen, Yolanda van den Broek and Annemiek Richters will still be there, to share with us their experiences with sociotherapy in Rwanda. We will also show videos from Rwanda.

Introduction Em. Prof. Annemiek Richters & Nicole Immler

Do you want to attend the seminar? You're welcome!
Please contact Nicole Immler by e-mail:

(Photo: Gervais Mesac Segabiro, CBS Rwanda – Prison Fellowship Rwanda)

Contactpersoon Nicole Immler,
Locatie Room 0.38, University of Humanistic Studies, Kromme Nieuwegracht 29, Utrecht
Datum 10-3-2020
Openingstijden 10.00 - 12.00 hr