The Beirut program came from a request for help by some aid workers in how best to support families traumatized by the Port explosion of August 2020. This catastrophe came on top of decades of civil war and political turmoil and more recently Lebanese financial instability and the influx of Syrian refugees escaping their civil war.
Our input commenced with running some webinars in the autumn of 2020 for parents and aid workers which provided a basic explanation of how trauma gets held in the body and an experiential taste of various techniques which can be used to help soothe and calm people who are overwhelmed and stressed. The goal of this preliminary stage was to provide some “Trauma First Aid”.
The second stage of our input is now underway and is about providing training and support for the aid workers to better equip them in working with traumatized families and to help them avoid becoming overwhelmed themselves and burnt out.
This training has is two-pronged: to provide an experiential understanding of how trauma impacts the neurology of our body and how it is possible to support the body to release the trauma through experiencing a neurologically-regulating relational process. This is a way of using deep embodied listening and witnessing.
The third stage of the program will be to then support the aid workers in further developing their own skills in being able to train others in using this dual approach of neuro-education and using the deep listening and witnessing process.
Our ultimate goal is to create a hub of trauma-skilled aid workers who can create a network of personnel trained in our neuro-listening process.