ORLJ 4804: Healing and Reconciling Relationships in Conflict

(1 credit)

This course examines the role that unaddressed and unhealed emotional trauma plays in creating and maintaining conflict. It also highlights unaddressed trauma as an obstacle to reconciliation: our ability to put the past to rest and to rebuild relationships that have broken under the strain of conflict. Using evolutionary psychology theory, a framework is presented that explains our emotional human vulnerability, showing that threats to our inner psychological stability are as dangerous as physical wounds and perhaps more so because they are often ignored and left unattended. The framework uses the language of dignity and indignity to describe the universal effect emotional injuries have on human beings. The course presents the Dignity Model: a way of repairing, reconciling and building human relationships. The Dignity Model has been applied in the workplace, schools, churches, and interpersonal relationships.

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