Program on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation


PsySR’s Program on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation also offers a range of resources developed by PsySR and its members, including educational and advocacy materials.

PsySR“Us & Them”: PsySR’s Presenter’s Manual for Moderating Group Conflict

Written by member Stephen Fabick and based on a project of the Michigan Chapter of PsySR, this Presenter’s Manual provides tools for intervention before intergroup prejudice and tensions erupt into violence. The program it describes is applicable to an array of problems including religious intolerance, racial tension, ethnic turmoil, and community divisiveness. The manual is available HERE.

PsySRTwo PsySR Manuals: “Dismantling the Mask of Enmity” and “Enemy Images”

These two manuals were prepared by PsySR a decade and a half apart. Both the Cold War era “Dismantling the Mask of Enmity” (available HERE) and the post-9/11 “Enemy Images” (available HERE) provide important insights and strategies for dismantling images that limit our thinking about security and that fuel tensions and wars.

PsySRPsySR’s Enemy Images Powerpoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation explores the many psychological aspects of “enemy images” and their relationship to war and peace. It can be a valuable teaching aid and is available HERE.

PsySRTextbook on Peace, Conflict, and Violence by PsySR Authors

Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century by PsySR members Dan Christie, Richard Wagner, and Deborah DuNann Winter (Prentice-Hall, 2001) is now available for free download in PDF format HERE. This text brings together the key concepts, themes, theories, and practices that are defining peace psychology today.

PsySRWorking for Peace A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools

By Rachel M. MacNair and PsySR, Working for Peace is the complete guidebook to the psychology of social activism. It contains expert guidance from 40 active peace workers–psychologists, social workers, and communication specialists. Included are practical tips for every aspect of grassroots peacebuilding. More information about this valuable book is available HERE.

PsySRPsySR Conference Report: Integrating Approaches to Psychosocial Humanitarian Assistance

Psychologists and other mental health professionals are increasingly involved in assisting individuals and communities affected by ethnopolitical warfare and other contemporary forms of violent conflict. This Conference Report (available HERE) explores the many challenges associated with this critical work.

PsySRA Graduate Level Curriculum For Trauma Intervention and Conflict Resolution

This Graduate Level Curriculum for trauma intervention and conflict resolution in ethnopolitical warfare (available HERE) was prepared by a joint task force of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations. PsySR served as the secretariat for this important project.

Links for Learning More

Information about other organizations and materials focused on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and reconciliation is available HERE.

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