CBSP staff participation in Mbarara conference

30 juli 2014

From 21st to 23rd July, the Community Based Sociotherapy Program delegation attended the 7th PAN AFRICA PSYCHOTRAUMA CONFERENCE which theme was Trauma and Community Mental Health. The conference organized by Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF) with Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. 


PCAF was founded in 2003 to honor the life of Peter Alderman, who was 25 when he was killed in the attacks on the World Trade center. Peter’s family, when they started the foundation, wanted to help those who survived terrorism and mass violence but who had no access to psychological care. 


CBSP was invited to facilitate a symposium on community based psychosocial interventions, as the program focuses on the healing process in post-genocide Rwanda.During the conference the CBSP delegation shared with the attendants about the sociotherapy approach.


On the 2nd day of the conference, Prof. dr. Annemiek Richters shared with the audience the background of sociotherapy in Rwanda, its objectives and achievements.


During the sociotherapy symposium presentations covered different topics related to the sociotherapy program.These topics included:

  • the sociotherapy contribution to a peaceful family life (Emmanuel Sarabwe)
  • liberation from destructive memories (Diogene Karangwa);
  • restorative justice in Rwanda (Felix Bigabo)
  • challenges encountered during the implementation of sociotherapy (Angela Jansen)
  • psychosocial problems among prisoners’ wives (Theoneste Rutayisire)
  • Sociotherapy as transitional space: from individual to social healing and back again (Marianne Vysma).


After the presentation there was time for a plenary discussion about the intervention.

Most of the questions concerned understanding on how the Rwandan community reconstructed itself after the genocide tragedy.

The audience recommended that the sociotherapy program should also be implemented in the refugee camps in East-Africa.




Participatory Action Researcher.