Psychosocial Health (Reconciliation & Healing)

Brief Background


This Unit, which is also called Program, was established in 1991 in an effort to respond to the numerous challenges of the civil war in Liberia. Its cardinal purpose is to enable personnel at the CHAL member Institutions through its members to continue the process of reconciliation and healing within themselves, families, and communities. The Unit is headed by two coordinators (Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator) and many field officers and volunteers. CHAL through its R & H Unit provides a holistic reconciliation and healing program which include but not limited to the following:

 

  • Training and Counseling
  • Peace Education
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Prejudice Reduction
  • Confession, Repentance, and Forgiveness
  • Grief and Loss Coping Mechanisms
  • Restorative Justice
  • Consultancy

 

The above are now reflected in five (5) expanded program activity areas:
Youth and Peace: This Program is geared toward empowering young people in schools and the communities to apply non-violent alternative in using conflict transformation approaches/skills in solving programs especially in schools through Peer Mediation or commonly known as Student Palaver Management Program (SPMP). This Program was developed in Liberia by CHAL since 1994.


Youth and Community Peaceful Co-existence: This Program is geared toward rewriting the historicity of young people after the civil war in Liberia. The Program helps adults adapt new lenses toward youth. After the war in Liberia, people had the mindset that the young people are/were trouble makers because they caused many atrocities during the war in the Country. This arm of the Unit was established in 2012.   

 

Church in Action for Peace (CAP):  This Program provides churches the opportunity to identify broken relationships amongst their congregations and seek opportunity to intervene skillfully and spiritually. CAP came into existence as a result of the Student Palaver Management Program. CAP came into being in 1997 with its first major activities in Grand Bassa County with the Bassa Ministers Association (BMA).


Health and Peace: This Program caters to trauma victims (especially women and children) through health institutions. The Health and Peace Program came into existence the same year (1991) the Unit was established.  


Networking and Collaboration: The Unit through this Program networks/collaborates with many liked-minded institutions and organizations nationally and internationally through holistic peacebuilding programs. Some network organizations/institutions that the R & H Unit (but not limited to) are as follows: a. Civil Peace Service (CPS) b. Liberia Community Development and Governance Program (LCDGP) c. West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), etc.  This Program activity started from the very inception of the formation of R & H Unit/Program.


The CHAL through its Reconciliation and Healing Program is making positive contributions in many parts of the Country.