by Kristine Felva P. Licup
THE RELIGION AND Peace Studies Department of Silliman University opened its doors to the public for a five-day course on trauma healing and resiliency which started last August 6.
Dr. Myra Waddington, program coordinator of the Religion and Peace Studies Department, said that although it’s part of the Master in Peace Studies program of the university, anyone can avail and participate. This is in acknowledgment that trauma healing is a very important tool in peace-building.
“I think trauma healing is a very good tool for everyone to learn, especially for those people that are at the forefront of offering these kinds of services,” she said. Waddington added that the event was scheduled to cater to the availability of the facilitator, Dr. Al Fuertes. ”We’re doing it this week because [Dr. Fuertes] is an expert on the field, and since he is not based in the Philippines, we had to have it arranged according to his availability.”
Fuertes is an assistant professor at New Century College, George Mason University in the United States who holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Waddington said that since the target of this course are students and
professionals, class starts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is to ensure that it does not disturb the participants’ office hours.
A registration fee of P2,000 includes course materials, snacks and a certificate for course completion