Tree of Life conducts a complementary psychoeducation intervention, the Psychosocial Awareness and Coping Skills (PACS) workshop, for Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), community leaders and communities at large, including men, women and youth. The intervention was launched during our 2012 Impact Evaluation with CVT. Like the Healing and Empowerment workshop, PACS also made an impressive positive impact in both reducing trauma levels and in improving attitudes to community life.
Trauma is a major barrier to development. At an organisational level, PACS enables other CSO’s to understand how un-resolved trauma is often a hindrance to the complete and successful achievement of their outcomes, thereby highlighting the need to include trauma healing as a parallel process to their work. To date several CSO’s have successfully partnered with Tree of Life in order to provide much needed trauma healing to their beneficiary constituencies.
PACS also builds awareness of the impact of trauma on resilience and social cohesion and facilitates constructive, systematic dialogue at community level to undertake resolution, leading to peacebuilding and development. The PACS workshops have also enabled communities to identify those individuals within their community who are in need of a deeper healing process, such as the Tree of Life Healing and Empowerment workshop.