Counselling and training for conflict transformation and peace-building

The TRANSCEND approach

Authored by: Wilfried Graf , Gudrun Kramer , Augustin Nicolescou

Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

Print publication date:  February  2007
Online publication date:  March  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415396653
eBook ISBN: 9780203089163
Adobe ISBN: 9781134154814


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The field of peace and conflict counselling and training has significantly developed in the past few decades. The first part of this chapter gives an overview of the field’s development and the challenges which have been faced. The second part gives an overview of the method which we have been using in our work in Sri Lanka, Central Asia, South Caucasus, Macedonia, Kosovo/a and the Great Lakes Region in Africa. Based on the work of Johan Galtung, the TRANSCEND approach that we are using is constantly being refined and developed for use in training, research, counselling and mediation. For counselling and training purposes, we have developed a series of training workshops called ‘The Art of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding’, a six-step process, based on the TRANSCEND approach. This chapter gives an outline of what we consider the most essential elements of peace and conflict counselling and training as an overview of the TRANSCEND approach.

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