A training course united individuals from Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Lithuania, taking place in Lebanon and focusing on the question: How to work with people affected by conflict environments, overcoming post-traumatic stress, and dealing with conflict-conditioned discrimination.

The training was designed to provide a formal introduction to the subject matter and practical, non-formal working methods. This dual approach ensured that participants not only understood the theoretical aspects of trauma and discrimination but also learned practical strategies for real-world application.

Over five days, twenty-three participants engaged in an interactive training program that covered multiple facets of peacebuilding, such as negotiation skills, conflict analysis tools, and Marshall Rosenberg’s theory of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The program fostered networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, and skill refinement, thereby enhancing impactful peacebuilding practices.

Throughout the training, participants engaged in activities designed to enhance their peacebuilding skills and understanding. The first day focused on self-awareness and expectation gathering, while the second day emphasized social awareness and negotiation skills. 

Day three involved exploring community dynamics and conflict management strategies, followed by sessions on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Nonviolent Communication theory on day four. The training concluded with discussions on lessons learned and program evaluation on day five, which included online exhibitions and communication initiatives.

Overall, the training course in Lebanon successfully combined educational and practical elements, providing participants with a comprehensive toolkit to address the needs of people impacted by conflict. This initiative is a significant step towards building a more empathetic and supportive environment for those recovering from the traumas of conflict.