Warning! This is longer than usual, there was too much to talk about and even then the episode had to end in a hurry! In this episode Mike Abrams, Dezz van Niekerk and Grant Stewart have a wide ranging conversation on masculinity and its forms of expression. How do we make sense or to some…
RESTORE – RECONNECT – REBUILD
Creating a trauma-informed society
WHO WE ARE
We are a team of trauma disruptors who tackle individual, organisational and social problems stemming
from trauma in order to help people, companies and communities
Restore hope, Reconnect relationships and Rebuild a vibrant environment.
Director and trauma disruptor
A clinical community psychologist with a deep theoretical understanding of trauma grounded on extensive community practice. Founder and former director of CASE (Community Action towards a Safer Environment)
An Occupational Therapist with a special interest in adult neurological rehabilitation, youth development, training and facilitation. Passionate about enabling people of all abilities to reach their potential and engage optimally within their contexts.
A youth and community developer, facilitator, trainer and programme designer for over two decades, working across a variety of urban contexts. Has a passion for working with people, especially marginalised young people, towards a transformed way of being.
A facilitator and popular educator for 35 years, working with individuals, organisations and large institutions in urban and rural contexts. Has a passion for personal, organisational and social development using a participatory methodology that engages mind, body and soul.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Prof. James Garbarino (Loyola University)
Bruce Perry (Child Trauma Academy)
Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden (Loyola University)
Community Schools USA
A psychologist and researcher who is also a senior lecturer in the Psychology department at the Cornerstone Institute. Passionate for maternal mental health, perinatal development, children and education in continuous trauma contexts; and is also gifted in developing monitoring and evaluation processes.
WHAT WE DO
R-Cubed helps to create the mental, emotional and relational shifts necessary for
organisations, companies, communities and individuals to function at their very best.
RESTORE RECONNECT REBUILD
Violence and its consequences is a global challenge.
No one is immune and everybody needs healing. Often, we as people lack understanding of the contextual issues of trauma that results in interaction or engagement with and/or from trauma. This, over time, can lead to unhelpful patterns of interacting with ourselves and others, in thinking and relating.
The R-Cubed response is:
WHY IT MATTERS
Violence is pervasive
It’s in the headlines, shared on social media and experienced through the events and incidences in our everyday lives.
It is not a phenomenon peculiar to a group or context
In South Africa, power and aggression is the number 1 strategy for resolving conflict. Our history and current realities make this unsurprising.
But what is violence?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines it as: The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.
Not obvious in this definition is that violence is more than the acts of physical aggression, such as gun violence, stabbings and rape; it is also structural
It is the violence of the economic and political systems of our social world that harm, disadvantage and/or oppress people or people groups. This includes the various forms of inequality including racism and sexism. And it is historic. An overview of the last 350 years in South Africa tells us this: Obvious examples of these are Apartheid in South Africa and the Jim Crow laws in the U.S.A.
Therefore, generations of people have been exposed to numerous forms of violence and, for many people today, this past reality is also a current reality and is a future anticipated reality.
Such exposure to ongoing violence is trauma, continuous trauma. It is a generational and daily lived experience, impacting individuals, families and communities in a myriad of ways: socially, emotionally and relationally. And It is what leads to further violence.
The strategies to address such violence and the resulting trauma must be systemic, in nature and in practice, to break the cycles of violence and even poverty and see individuals, families, communities and new generations flourishing.
HOW WE DO IT
“The R-Cubed methodology is grounded in a trauma-informed approach, meaning we work to improve the whole person or community, not just fix the symptom or the specific problem area. Through a tailor made, client-focused facilitation and consultation process we can create a positive shift in how individuals and organisations think about themselves and engage with others and their environment.
R-Cubed offers a structured process that equips participants with practical tools and understanding to help them become more effective, more positive and more productive.”
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