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Applied Peace Technology

PEACE PRACTITIONER AGREEMENT

I, _____________________________________, in order to be a PeaceClinic Peace Practitioner as 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 strive to make clear financial arrangements that respect the best interests of my clients;

11) 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;

12) to encourage conservation of the natural environment;

13) to seek continuing education, consultation or supervision to gain a broader perspective on peace education;

14) to withdraw or seek help if I suffer impairment of my judgment or burnout;

15) to work to see the peace process through to its end and to avoid abandoning the situation is possible.

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR PEACE PRACTITIONERS

1) Human Rights: Peace practitioners need to be respectful of the human rights of all persons and groups with whom they work. They especially need to guard the human rights of individuals and groups lacking power/or influence in their society (such as women, children, the elderly) and groups which suffer from discrimination and hatred (such as gays and lesbians, and ethnic and religious groups that suffer from prejudice).

2) Abuse: Peace practitioners refrain from exploiting or abusing physically, emotionally or sexually anyone with whom they work. This includes not using derogatory humor or language about anyone because it demeans the dignity of other human beings. Peace workers also strive to be aware of the power they have through their positions and strive to use it fairly because to temptation is always to use power to the advantage of those we favor and against those we dislike.

3) Ethical Behavior: In addition to monitoring their own behavior, peace practitioners speak out against unethical behavior, exploitation and abuse committed by others in our organization or by figures or groups with power and influence. When aware of unethical or harmful behavior, peace practitioners are as active in speaking up against this as is wise and appropriate given the cultural and political realities of the setting. In order to facilitate lasting peace on all levels, peace practitioners must do what they can to promote change to higher ethical behavior in all situations in which they have influence.

4) Facilitating Peace:  Peace practitioners work to provide opportunities for their own families, friends, coworkers, and communities to receive training and to talk about the work and their difficulties in order to release stress and develop their understanding of the peace work they are involved in.

5) Listening:  Peace also comes from within each individual, group and community as they discover the needs that underlie the conflicts and are able to listen to those needs and address them. Thus it is important that peace practitioners remember that their role is to assist and facilitate the decisions of our clients, rather than to tell, direct and decide for them.

6) Community Empowerment:  A sustainable peace that does not rely on outside assistance and interference requires empowerment of local authorities, community justice mechanisms and peace workers.

7) Invitations and Interventions:  Peace practitioners agree to be a party to peace negotiations only when invited by local people or able to otherwise ensure that their participation is welcome by locals. In some situations, it may be necessary for peace practitioners to make respectful requests to inform local officials about their services and the potential impact of peace interventions on a local situation.

8) Restorations:  It is important that peace practitioners remember to ensure that the peace process focus beyond the reparation of the past to also facilitate the restoration of the community, its economy, human rights and justice mechanisms in order to prevent future violence.

9) Honesty:  Peace practitioners strive to be as fully honest in this work as possible because any form of dishonesty can later cause a balance of peace to break apart. For this reason, it is essential to make a clear agreement with the groups with whom they work about their roles and responsibilities in the peace process. Also, it is important to fully inform clients about the agendas, dynamics, and limitations that they are aware of about the peace process, the organizations involved, and themselves (e.g., political agendas, and plans for development or publications).

10) Client's Best Interests:  Whenever there are financial considerations, it is important to strive to make all financial arrangements clear and understandable to their clients and to make these arrangements respectful of the best interests of their clients.

11) Responsible Journalism:  Peace practitioners agree to practice and encourage responsible journalism and research that respects the dignity of community members. They will especially guard that interviews of victims of violence do not pressure them to disclose before they are ready, and will see that support is provided after these interviews to encourage their emotional healing from these traumas. Also, peace practitioners will not publish or share what clients confide in us without their overt permission.

12) Natural Environments:  To safeguard a community's well-being in the future, peace practitioners will try to encourage the conservation of the natural environment whenever possible, as long as these ecological concerns fit within the community's long term needs and do not represent an imposition of outside political interests. Peace practitioners also agree to respect the natural environment of the places they work with their own practices, regardless of the practices of others.

13) Oversite:  To gain broader perspectives in their work, peace workers agree to seek continuing education, professional consultation or supervision to analyze previous and ongoing projects regularly. Peace practitioners will allow professional review and evaluation of their work by others when requested.

14) Judgement:  Peace practitioners work to monitor their own impartiality and mental health. They agree to withdraw their involvement as peace practitioners if they suffer impairment of judgment, or become too emotionally involved to be objective practitioners. They will also watch for the symptoms of burnout (e.g., careless or negative behavior toward ourselves, our work, or the people or the principles involved in peace work), and will seek remedies if that occurs.

15) Conflict Resolutions:  For continuity's sake, peace practitioners and organizations strive to continue their involvement in peace projects until they are completed. Although the whims of political systems and organizations often make this difficult, it is important that outsiders supporting local proponents of peace in a conflict situation strive to avoid abandoning that process until some resolution has been achieved.

 

Applied Peace Technology - Peace Practitioner Certification

The following is still being edited. 07/03/05

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?

PeaceClinic 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 Peace Practitioner's Network (PCPPN)


The mission of the PCPPN is to promote holistic, culturally appropriate applications of peace technology for building peace at all levels. To meet the needs listed above, the PCPPN 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 PCPPN is a joint project of the PeaceClinic, the Cultural Creatives Society and the Creative Coaching Institute. The PCPPN 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 Peace Practitioner Certification application and registration process, please contact Chloe Joquel Freeland, Program Director. E-mail: peaceclinic@att.net 

 
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Applied Peace Technology - Peace Practitioner Certification
 
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