Psychosocial Peacebuilding Training from IAHV

Psychosocial Peacebuilding Training from IAHV


Training by IAHV

Date: May – June 2022

            October – November 2022

Price: 580 euro

This training format consists of 7 live online sessions of 3 hours
+ 30 mins of individual daily practice at home
+ 2 hours of individual and group work before and between the sessions
Total time commitment over the period of the course is 30 hours + 11 hours individual practice

Our trainings are conducted online through Zoom and include live sessions, individual exercises and group activities.

Each training is tailored to the needs of the organisation / participants / specific peacebuilding program, and can also be organized and tailored on request.

Advanced next step trainings and follow up support and customised assistance are available.

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The training consists of 3 components:

1. Resilience, Stress Management and Self-Care: 
This includes the world renowned SKY technique, proven to improve health, immunity and sleep, and reduce anxiety, depression, burn-out

2. Developing one’s potential as a peacebuilder: 
Nurture your inner resources and peacebuilding qualities and strengthen the experience of peace in the midst of conflict

3. Professional Skills Training:
Providing tools for analysis, design and delivery of psycho-social interventions to increase sustainability and effectiveness of peacebuilding outcomes


Option 1:  20, 21, 22 May + 25, 28 May + 1, 4 June 2022
Timings: Week days: 1800 – 2100; Weekend days: 16.00 – 19.00 CET
Registration Deadline: 6 May 2022

Option 2: 28, 29, 30 October +  2, 5, 9, 12 November 2022
Timings: Week days: 1800 – 2100; Weekend days: 10.00 – 13.00 CET
Registration Deadline: 14 October 2022

TrainerDr. Katrien Hertog, Director Peacebuilding Programs IAHV

Dr. Katrien Hertog is a peacebuilding researcher, trainer and practitioner with 20 years of experience in the academic and non-governmental sector.

In her capacity as Director Peacebuilding Programs for IAHV, as well as a researcher, she has been pioneering the practice of psychosocial peacebuilding (PSPB) for more impactful peacebuilding practice and advocating for its integration in international peacebuilding policy and practice. She develops, implements and advocates for PSPB programs on preventing and transforming violent extremism, trauma relief to break the cycles of violence, strengthening mediation and reconciliation processes, and training peacebuilding personnel.

Dr. Hertog has a MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and a PhD from the Centre for Peace Research at the University of Leuven.

What you will learn

  • Learn a personal self-care program with effective techniques to strengthen resilience, wellbeing and stress management (including the SKY technique, proven to improve health, immunity, sleep and reduce anxiety, depression, burn-out)
  • Nurture your inner resources and peacebuilding qualities (such as finer intuition, increased creativity, better clarity of mind and discernment, improved ability to manage challenging situations and people, deeper experience of internalised nonviolence, active listening, compassion and empathy)
  • Dive deeper into holistic approaches of psychosocial peacebuilding implemented on the ground, integrating MHPSS and Peacebuilding
  • Learn practical frameworks to analyse peace-contributing and -inhibiting PS factors in conflict contexts and peacebuilding programs
  • Increase confidence and skills to integrate PS approaches in peacebuilding project
  • Revisit common theories of change and uncover peacebuilding assumptions
  • Be (re-) inspired to innovate in peacebuilding
  • Strengthen the experience of inner peace in the midst of conflict
The benefits of the techniques taught in the training are immediate and deepen over time with continued personal / group practice. Several independent studies on the numerous mental and physical health benefits of the training, such as reducing cortisol and alleviating depression, anxiety and PTSD, have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. (

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Partners: European Commission, UNDP, IFRC, ICCS, IRD, Save the Children, Handicap International, NRC, World Vision, UNRWA, Relief International, Jordan River Foundation, Madrasati, Insani, Jesuit Refugee Services, Australian Embassy, SOS Children’s Village, Progressive Women Union, Fedasil, and more.


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