Violence & Post-Traumatic Growth

Positive Psychology for Violence and Post Traumatic Growth

The Violence & Post Traumatic Growth Initiative was launched in 2020 to further research on Positive Psychology for people recovering from trauma. 

The initiative has in the past partnered with Combat Academy Community Support Division (CACSD) and GET Therapy Ltd. on the experience of self-defence training for women, particularly women who have been victims of violent assaults, exploring questions around how to instruct and how self-defence training could have a positive impact on confidence in other areas of their lives. It has also partnered with Inner Athletics on researching the motivation to teach self-defence and martial arts (2019).

The initiative also ran a Courage Scholarship for Violence and Post Traumatic Growth (2020-2022). This included preliminary training as a Positive Psychology Practitioner followed by a qualitative research project. The scholarship was aimed at people working within the context of violence and trauma in or related to the military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, and development sectors.

The Courage Scholarships were issued in September 2020 and were funded by the Positive Psychology Guild and private donations.

To date, 6 female scholars have engaged in the scholarship process:

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