Community Based Sociotherapy Conference 2022

Beyond trauma: Intergenerational healing and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda (CBS Rwanda), in collaboration with its partners, organizes the Community Based Sociotherapy Conference 2022 entitled: “Beyond trauma: Intergenerational healing and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region.” The three-day conference will take place from 6 to 8 December 2022 at Serena Hotel, Kigali, and is financially supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda (EKN) and the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC).

The objective of the conference is to exchange knowledge and experiences on themes related to the intergenerational legacies of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and other types of mass violence in the Great Lakes Region; the reintegration of ex-prisoners and ex-combatants who took part in collective violence; and localizing research. A cross-cutting theme of the conference is the linkage between mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and Peacebuilding (PB), which will be embedded in recent insights of trauma research. The conference will bring together 150 representatives from governmental institutions, international and national non-governmental organizations, and scientific institutions.

As part of the conference the outcomes of the Mvura Nkuvure: Intergenerational healing and community reconciliation for sustainable peace” project, which is implemented by CBS Rwanda in partnership with the Anglican Church of Rwanda Byumba Diocese (EAR-D/Byumba), Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda (DIR) and Prison Fellowship Rwanda (PFR), will be presented, in addition to experiences from the “Impacting Hearts, Heads and Hands” project, implemented by African Restoring Bridge Initiative (ARBI) and Paix et Développement Durable (PDD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and CBS Rwanda and the VU Amsteram.

Conference main themes

Linkages between MHPSS and peacebuilding and the example of Community Based Sociotherapy.

Recent insights of trauma research.

Intergenerational legacies of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and other types of mass violence in the Great Lakes Region.

Psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration of former genocidaire prisoners and ex-combatants into their family and community.

Localizing research: Conceptualization and operationalization.

Programme of the conference


08:00-09:00Arrival and Registration of participantsProtocol
09:00-09:10Welcome note from CBS
and partner organizations
Chair of CBS –
Onesphore Rwaje
09:10-09:30Speeches by Guests of HonourHis Excellency
Ambassador of the
of the Netherlands

Minister of
Keynote address – Recent insights on healing trauma
09:30-10:00Personal experiences of forgiveness and resilience after traumaTBC
10:00-11:00Trapped by history: Strategies to break the cycles of
trauma, re-enactment, and suffering
Prof. Bessel van der Kolk
11:00 – 11:05Group photoConference Participants
11:05 – 11:30Tea break
Linkages between MHPSS and peacebuilding: An international, regional, and local perspective
11:30 – 12:00Deepening Transitional Justice processes by linking
the local, the regional and the
global – Beyond the rhetoric
Webster Zambara
12:00 – 12:30Connecting MHPSS and Peacebuilding
from an intergenerational perspective
Annemiek Richters
12:30 – 13:00Q&APresenters and
Community-based approaches to MHPSS and Peacebuilding
14:00 – 14.30Rethinking Mental Health: Culturally specific and decolonial approaches to healing in Rwanda and the importance of ‘home grown’ community solutions.Dr. Jean Pierre Ndagijimana
14.30-15:00Community-based sociotherapy as an approach to healing and peacebuildingLucie Nzaramba
15:00 – 15:45Panel: Experiences from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Eastern Congo Lucie Nzaramba,
Jina Bachunguye,
Theophile Sewimfura,
Felix Bigabo,
Prof.Dr. Grace Akello,
Rickie-Nelly Ndagano

Led by Reverien Interayamahanga
15.45– 16.15Q&APresenters and
conference participants
16.15 – 16:45DocumentaryCBS, EAR, DIR, PFR
16:45 – 17:00 Closure of the dayChair of PFR –
Bishop John Rucyahana
17:00 – 19:00Cocktail reception


8.30-9.00Arrival and registration of participants
Long term effects of intergenerational legacies of collective violence: A theoretical and empirical perspective
9:00–10:00 Interdisciplinary perspectives on the development of intergenerational traumaProf. Bessel van der Kolk
10:00–10:45Cultural performance: Royalty meets the panic of memoriesFrank Mugisha
Michael Rhebergen
10:45–11:15 Empirical findings on intergenerational legacies of the genocide against the Tutsi in the context of sociotherapy Dr. Chantal Ingabire
11:15–11:45 Tea break
11:45–12:15 Intergenerational transmission of memories in the context of Burundi: The need for psychosocial support Rickie-Nelly Ndagano
12:15–13:00Reflections and Q&APresenters and
conference participants
Panel discussion
14:00 – 14:30Panel introductory presentation

Voices of the post-genocide generation:
Challenges and lessons learned
Diogene Karangwa
14:30 – 15:15Intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence:
Relevant insights and future perspectives
Prof. Leon Mutesa,
Prof. Clementine Kanazayire,
Dr. Aggee Shyaka Mugabe,

Led by Prof Rutembesa
Localizing research: Conceptualization and operationalization
15:15 – 15:45 Bottom-up community indicator data collection: Its rational and methodological process Emmanuel Nzabonimpa,
Angela Jansen
15:45 – 16:30Contribution of the sociotherapy program to Social Dignity: A Randomized Control TrialProf. Stefan Jansen,
Dr. Epa Nsabimana
16:00 – 16:45Q&A Presenters and
conference participants
16:45 – 17:00ClosureChair EAR –
Bishop Emmanuel


08:30-09.00Arrival and registration
Reintegration of ex-prisoners and ex-combatants: From theory to evidence-based perspectives
09.00-09.30Psychosocial reintegration and rehabilitation of prisoners: Global and local perspectivesTheoneste Rutayisire
09.30-10:00Forgiveness in the context of prisoner reintegration Emmanuel Sarabwe
10:00 – 10:30Stigma and guilt among the children of amnestied ex-combatants in Northern UgandaProf. Grace Akello
10:30 – 11:00Protracted social conflict in DRC and the role of communities in building peace Dr. Aembe Bwimana (TBC)
11:00 – 11:30 Tea break
11:30 – 12.00Q&APresenters and
conference participants
12:00 – 13:00 Body work session: Befriending your inner experienceLicia Sky
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:20Panel introductory presentation

Reintegration and rehabilitation of ex-prisoners:
Challenges and lessons learned
Dr. Kalimba (TBC)
14:20 – 15:00 Intergenerational legacies of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi
and reintegration of ex-prisoners: From research to policy making
Dr. Kalimba

Led by Sandra Shenge
Closing session
15:00 – 15:45Conference closing reflectionsProf. Bessel van der Kolk
15.45 – 16:15Final round of questions and remarksConference
16.15 – 16.30Closure and DepartureMinistry


Bessel van der kolk

Prof. Bessel van der Kolk

Webster Zambara

Dr. Webster Zambara

Dr. Jean Pierre Ndagijimana

Dr. Jean Pierre Ndagijimana

Prof.Dr. Grace Akello

Prof.dr. Grace Akello

Lucie Nzaramba

Annemiek Richters

Prof. Annemiek Richters

Jina Bachunguye

Theophile Sewimfura

Felix Bigabo

Rickie-Nelly Ndagano

Rickie-Nelly Ndagano

Dr. Chantal Ingabire

Prof. Leon Mutesa

Prof. Clementine Kanazayire

Dr. Aggee Shyaka Mugabe

Emmanuel Nzabonimpa

Angela Jansen

Angela Jansen

Stefan Jansen

Prof. Stefan Jansen

Dr. Epa Nsabimana

Theoneste Rutayisire

Dr. Theoneste Rutayisire

Licia Sky

Dr. Kalimba

Emmanuel Sarabwe

Diogene Karangwa

Diogene Karangwa