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Saturday, June 6 • 13:30 - 14:55

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The Rwandan genocide and subsequent release of perpetrators created a situation where returning prisoners live side-by-side with survivors in rural villages of Rwanda. Nurturing psychosocial reconciliation between survivors and perpetrators of the genocide is an ongoing national and global priority, in order to maintain peace and to prevent future genocide. Forgiveness-based interventions have been typically implemented where survivors were asked to forgive perpetrators who confessed their crimes, apologized and sought pardon. However, in many instances, survivors could not only reach granting of forgiveness, but also suffered from enormous pressure to forgive and torment of not being able to forgive. The presenter developed an alternative medium reconciliation, the action-based psychosocial reconciliation approach (ABPRA), to nurture reconciliation through collaborative engagements in actions and interactions geared towards satisfying day-to-day practical needs of the survivors. It relieves the survivors from the pressure to forgiveness and provides them with an opportunity to receive labour assistance from the perpetrators. It also provides perpetrators opportunities to express their remorse through concrete acts of working for the survivors. The presenter will feature experiences of survivors and perpetrators who have chosen to participate in this program with video-clips and photos.

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Masahiro Minami

Director, UBC Globe in Peace
Hello everyone, my name is Masa. I have been directing a project in Rwanda to promote community psychosocial reconciliation, healing, peace building and future genocide prevention, together with local Rwandans for the past five years. I am looking forward to networking with colleagues who maybe interested in international humanitarian work or have already been engaged in that line of work. I am looking forward to learning from your experience and... Read More →

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Counselling Psychology

Counselling psychology is a broad specialization within professional psychology concerned with using psychological principles to enhance and promote the positive growth, well-being, and mental health of individuals, families, groups, and the broader community. Counselling psychologists bring a collaborative, developmental, multicultural, and wellness perspective to their research and practice. They work with many types of... Read More →

Saturday June 6, 2015 13:30 - 14:55
Westin Ottawa - New Brunswick 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4