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Peace Practitioner Workshop
 
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PEACE PRACTITIONER AGREEMENT

I, _____________________________________, in order to be a PeaceClinic Institute Peace Practitioner, an advocate of peace on individual, group, social, and global levels, agree to uphold the following ethical responsibilities.


1.  to be respectful of the human rights of all persons and groups with whom I work;

2.  to refrain from exploitation, abuse and derogatory language about anyone;

3.  to speak out against unethical behavior, exploitation and abuse committed by others;

4.  to work to support and educate my own family and/or employees, and to support and consult with colleagues in the peace advocacy community as needed;

5.  to use my role and power to empower others, instead of doing for them what they can do for themselves;

6. to work to empower local authorities and other peaceworkers;

7. to ensure that my participation is invited and welcome by local peoples if at all possible;

8.  to focus on restoring the healthy functioning of communities;

9.  to be honest and give full information about the agendas, dynamics and limitations of for those parties involved in negotiations;

10. to practice respectful journalism and research that guards against violating the confidentiality of people discussed or otherwise harming our clients, especially those who are victims of trauma.

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Peace Practitioner Certification


Peace Practitioners

Mission and Goals:

Violence harms individuals, families, communities, businesses, ethnic groups, and cultures. Violence against women and minorities is prevalent. Large cities have areas gang violence that leads to cycles of violence.

Building peace requires many types of intervention.

1. education for peace, tolerance, and human rights
2. healing wounds of war
4. nonviolent conflict resolution/reconciliation
3. supporting social justice, human rights, & sustainable development

To build peace, it is vital to address violence-related stresses and heal the wounds of armed conflict. It is inappropriate to wait for violence to occur-the emphasis must always be on prevention. Fears need to be addressed, and nonviolent options for handling conflict should be developed from the family level to the international level. Since peace cannot exist without justice, psychologists should help to build equitable social systems that respect human rights, encourage citizen participation, and enable sustainable development. This requires an education, formal and informal, to nourish tolerance, respect for human rights, and peaceful values and behavior. These interacting, mutually supportive tasks form an ongoing, circular process. To be effective, these tasks should be undertaken with an eye toward meeting human needs, and they should be coordinated with wider tasks of political and economic reconstruction, ending poverty, and correcting oppression.

Why Is a Network Needed?

A PCI Peace Practitioners Network is needed for the following reasons.

1. Support. Peace workers in violence-torn areas need to be able to identify and locate others peace practitioners for support in their highly stressful careers. Peace practitioners visiting developing countries often need local contacts. Productive ollaboration can help everyone involved.

2. Cultural Relevance. There needs to be dialogue and mutual learning between Western peace practitioners and people working in diverse countries. A network is needed to identify and create a means of contacting people doing peace work in different cultures.

3. Project Development.  Governments, UN agencies, and NGOs often need to find peace practitioners with the technical abilities.

4. Holistic Approach.  There is a need to identify people working on all peace related tasks and using holistic approaches

5. Readiness. In a network, peace practitioners can provide information about various country situations, help to alert donors and others to the needs that exist and preventing crises. Networks also make it possible to collaborate in the work of relief, development, and reconstruction.


Goals of the PeaceClinic Institute's Peace Practitioner's Network (PCI-PPN)

The mission of the PCI-PPN is to promote holistic, culturally appropriate applications of peace technology for building peace at all levels. To meet the needs listed above, the PCI-PPN has a mix of short-term and long-term goals. The immediate goals are

1. to identify peace workers and practitioners who identify themselves as doing applied, culturally appropriate peace work in different parts of the world on issues of peace such as peace education, nonviolent conflict resolution, and sustainable development;

2. to construct a database of people doing relevant work for peace;

3. to provide NGO, UN agencies, governments, and organizations with information about peace psychology practitioners and the means of contacting them.

The longer-term goals are:

1.  to encourage communication, learning, and dialogue across cultural boundaries;

2.  to identify best practices;

3. to provide training to expand the pool of peace practitioners who are prepared to work on issues of peace; and

4. to encourage holistic approaches, ethical behavior, cultural sensitivity, and respect for human rights in the practice of peace technology.

The PCI-PPN is a joint project of the PeaceClinic, the Cultural Creatives Society and the Creative Coaching Institute. The PCI-PPN welcomes people of all culture, nationalities, and disciplines who do work for peace who work in a culturally sensitive manner, and who respect human rights and local communities.

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These Guidelines were borrowed in part from the
International Peace Practitioners Network of Psychologists.

If you would like more information regarding the PCI Peace Practitioner Certification application and registration process, please contact Chloe Joquel Freeland, Program Director. E-mail: peaceclinic@gmail.com 

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