Transforming trauma as preventative strategy: Trauma-informed approaches to nurturing resilience against organised crime in at-risk youth

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Using the work of MathMoms as a starting point, the discussion will centre on the nexus between individual and community trauma, violence, and organised crime, focussing on ways to build resilience against organised crime in communities and at-risk youth. In communities traumatised by violence and where there are few economic opportunities, gangs seem to offer the only spaces to find belonging and purpose. Through a trauma-informed approach to education, safe spaces of learning can be created for learners where they can transform their trauma, discovera sense of belonging, and awaken a sense of purpose. Addressing trauma can be the first step towards breaking cycles of violence and preventing youth from becoming involved in organised crime.

Judy-Ann Cilliers

Political philosopher, researcher, and communications manager at MathMoms, South Africa.

Barbara Collier

Nurse, Licensed Professional Counselor, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Dr Dorcas Ettang

Senior Lecturer, University of Kwalazulu-Natal

Agatha Lebethe

Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

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