Pre-Conference Workshop #2 - July 27 (2pm - 5pm)

The 7-Step Integrative Healing Model:  A journey for healing, happiness and sustainable community building

Dr. Ani Kalayjian
President & Founder, Meaningfulworld, Professor of Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

Based on community and international disaster rehabilitation, our focus aims at expanding the healing process into a sustainable holistic mind-body-eco-spirit approach. Through Meaningfulworld humanitarian outreach programs, we have focused on transforming individual, national and international trauma, violence, and mediation through training programs and healing circles conducted in over 45 calamities in over 35 nations. At the core of all programs is the seven-step Integrative Healing Model {aka Biopsychosocial and Eco-Spiritual Model} (Kalayjian, 2002, Kalayjian & Eugene, 2010, Kalayjian & Sofletea, 2012), through which various aspects of trauma, dispute, conflict, disagreements, and disasters are assessed, identified, explored, processed, worked through, and released. This process transforms trauma and suffering by offering new meaning or a new lesson learned. This innovative model incorporates various theories including: psychodynamic, interpersonal, (Sullivan, 1953), Existential and Humanistic (Frankl, 1962), Electromagnetic Field Balancing (EMF, Dubro & Lapierre, 2002), Forgiveness (Kalayjian & Paloutzian, 2010), Learning Theory, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, physical release (van der Kolk, 1987) and mind-body-spirit chakra balancing movements, prayers and meditation.

The Seven-Step Integrative Healing Model has been utilized successfully locally and globally in over 45 calamities. The outcome has been measurable and survivors have reported experiences of being empowered, healed, strengthened, in peace, grounded, interconnected, and able to overcome their negative reactions to the trauma. They have also reported having embraced healthy coping patterns, which improves their ability to prepare by staying centered and empowered with new and positive lessons learned. Beginning with interpersonal healing, the Seven-Step Integrative Healing Model addresses the transformation and collaboration so profoundly needed by our world that is going through violent transitions, and demonstrates the interconnectedness of our interpersonal healing and development, conflict transformation, happiness and well-being, and inclusive and sustainable community building and disaster risk reduction.

In each step, participants will be able to apply the model to their own negative feelings, engaging in the process of transformation, and healing while learning new lessons. A movie will also be shown in midday, describing how the model works in large community setting, in Sierra Leone, post-civil war, transforming the pain and suffering of the a war, and integrating the child soldiers back into the community.
The workshop will end with a chakra balancing exercises, meditation, and information on natural remedies, and nutritional supplements for emotional healing.

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Kalayjian, A. (1999). Forgiveness and Transcendence. Clio’s Psyche, 6 (3), 116-119.
Kalayjian, A. (2002). Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Treatment of Trauma. In R. & S Massey 2002 (Editors) Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy, Vol. 3, Interpersonal/humanistic/Existential. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons. 615-637.
Kalayjian, A. & Sofletea, G. (2012). Victim, Perpetrator, or BOTH? A Child Soldier’s Journey into Healing Wounds of War in Sierra Leone. In International Case Studies in Mental Health. Edited Poyrazli, S. & C. E. Thompson. Washington, DC: Sage Publishing. pages 33-52.
Kalayjian, A. & Eugene, D. (2010). Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing around the World: and practices for resilience and meaning-making. New York: Praeger, ABC-CLIO
Kalayjian, A. and Paloutzian, R. (2010). Forgiveness & reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Springer Publishing: New York: NY
Sullivan, H. S. (1953). Interpersonal theory of psychiatry. New York: W. W. Norton
Van Der Kolk, B. (1984). The psychobiology of the trauma response: Hyperarousal constriction and addition. In B. A. van der Kolk (Ed) Psychological trauma. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press

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