Second national conference on community-based sociotherapy

27 september 2016

On 11 October 2016, CBSP hosts its second national conference on community-based sociotherapy. The conference takes place from 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM in Umubano (Novotel) Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda.

Genocide is known to have long term health and economic effects that impact the lives of those directly affected as well as the younger generations. This year’s conference therefore focuses on “Intergenerational transmission of memories after genocide: Lived experiences and future perspectives in Rwanda”.

In 2005, community-based sociotherapy was initiated in Rwanda in order to contribute to personal healing, social cohesion and sustainable peace. More than twenty years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, the question arises whether an approach like community-based sociotherapy continues to be relevant in the Rwandan context. Therefore, the CBSP Consortium has conducted research on the lingering effects of the genocide by means of large-scale Participatory Action Research. The long-term psychological, social and economic effects of the genocide were examined, as well as the changing nature of these effects and the way these effects impact the younger generation.

The Consortium will share and verify the findings from this research during the national conference. Different scholars and practitioners will compare the impact of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi with the impact of genocide in other settings worldwide. In addition, the outcomes, challenges and future perspectives of the sociotherapy approach will be discussed.


By addressing these topics, the Consortium aims to raise awareness about the lingering effects of genocide on the second generation in post-genocide societies, and to illustrate the contribution of CBSP to psychological well-being, social cohesion and socio-economic development in Rwanda.


More information can be found here.


N.B. The conference is for invitees only. In case you have not been invited but are interested in attending, please let us know through sending an e-mail to You will be informed whether or not there is still space available for you to participate.