The Master Class, created in partnership with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), provides local caregivers in post-conflict countries with the tools to treat the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence. PCAF has trained Masters from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chile, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Macedonia, Srpska, Spain, Rwanda and Uganda.
Masters are trained by an international faculty with expertise in the care of traumatized populations.
Masters translate the HPRT tool kit and make it culturally appropriate for their victimized populations.
Over 100,000 victims have been treated by Foundation-trained personnel.
By training the trainers, PCAF has built capacity in 22 post-conflict countries on five continents.
By returning victims to purposeful lives, these caregivers not only improve the social, political and economic welfare of their communities, but also halt the progression of traumatic depression from generation to generation.
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"Michael," a formerly abducted child soldier, came to the Gulu Clinic with flashbacks and severe insomnia. He said he was being pursued by a spirit. For six years Michael (not his real name) had been forced to fight in one of the cruelest rebel groups on earth — the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. He was instructed to murder and in each case was forced to drink the victim's blood to "internalize" him. Shortly after killing his last victim, he was rescued by government troops and returned home, not having the opportunity to ritualize the murder. This was the spirit that haunted him. Following therapy at the Peter C. Alderman Gulu Clinic, Michael is now productively in school.