This past year, Katie Scrafford (MFT class of 2011) interned with International Justice Mission (IJM) in Rwanda, joining IJM counselors in developing a group trauma counseling program for women. She is returning to Rwanda to continue efforts toward developing this program and training lay counselors. This presentation will discuss violence and reconciliation in Rwanda; group trauma counseling in this cross-cultural context; and the possibilities for counseling within peace and reconciliation work.
In 1994, Rwanda, a tiny country in East Africa, suffered genocide: an estimated one million people were killed in one hundred days. Civil war followed, and conflict lasted in the country until 2000. Today, Rwanda’s development and reconciliation efforts have spectacularly rebuilt much of the country’s social-economic structure, yet counseling is an infant field.