The Community Based Sociotherapy Program (CBSP) aims to contribute to the national process of transitional justice in Rwanda. The program will be implemented in eight districts of Rwanda by a consortium of three Rwandan NGO's, namely Prison Fellowship Rwanda, E.A.R. Byumba Diocese and Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda.
The main activity of the CBSP is the implementation of socio-groups at the grassroots level is done by sociotherapists – also called group facilitators - with the support of sociotherapy program staff and local authorities. Since 2005 approximately 200 people have been trained as sociotherapy facilitators. Many more will be trained to implement this program in the eight different districts. In the first instance, these people are members of the community in which a socio-group will be implemented. By the end of 2016 approximately 500 trained sociotherapists will have been working in the field. They will be supervised by team leaders, who are experienced sociotherapists. Each team leader will be responsible for the supervision of groups in his working zone.
Within a period of three years in total approximately 23.000 people are scheduled to participate in the 1.800 sociotherapy groups that will be organized. Through the group participants, many more people are expected to become aware of the benefits of sociotherapy and profit from it, like family members, friends, and neighbours.
The CBSP will be closely monitored through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) method, which will also form the basis for an (inter)national ‘linking and learning’ approach.