Psychosocial Peacebuilding Approach of International Association for Human Values (IAHV) - now, the first step is available online




trauma relief intervention, online workshop, conflict, violence, refugees, war zone


Aim. The aim of the study is to provide an overview of online workshops of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), Healing Resilience Empowerment (HRE), which can be the first stage of intervention in dealing with trauma in refugees, in the context of the uniquely integrated psychosocial approach implemented by IAHV in war zones, refugee camps, and refugee centres.

Methods. IAHV materials and resources available on the Internet, which constitute a repository of the actions of the European Union outside Europe have been searched concerning the resilience and peace-building initiatives of IAHV in Jordan and Lebanon. The method of critical literature analysis has been incorporated and a review of the scientific literature available in the English language has been used to present selected issues. For this purpose, scientific literature databases accessible on the Internet have been searched, i.e. Google Scholar, Web Of Science, Ebsco, and Elsevier.

Results. The analysis shows that, nowadays, the use of online technologies in HRE workshops is recommended to the people affected by a crisis, i.e., a war, even in Afghanistan, Ukraine, or South Africa. HRE is the first/low threshold step of the psychosocial approach of IAHV towards trauma relief. It constitutes a low-cost program that transcends strictly cognitive effects into all the layers, from the physical to the deeply existential.

Conclusion. The study considers the pioneering online interventions by IAHV in the first stage of their unique, integrated, psychosocial, peacebuilding approach for refugees and victims of wars and conflicts. Thus, the HRE intervention can reach a large number of victimised individuals.


Download data is not yet available.


Bilak, A., Cardona-fox, G., Ginnetti, J., (2016). Global report on internal displacement. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

Chandramana, S. B. (2010). Sustainable Development through empowerment at the Base of Pyramid–The IAHV Example. In K. Rangarajan, H. Kennedy, M. Murti (Eds.), Management Megatrends, Twenty-First Century Perspective (pp. 127–150). PES Institute of Technology.

EU. Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon. (2020a). Healing, nonviolent empowerment and preventing extremism for children impacted by armed conflict.

EU. Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon. (2020b). Let's breathe peace, by IAHV.

Hertog, K. (2017). The intrinsic interlinkage between peacebuilding and mental health and psychosocial support: The international association for human values model of integrated psychosocial peacebuilding. Intervention, 15(3), 278–292.

Hertog, K. (2019). Towards integrated peacebuilding: Comprehensively integrating psychosocial factors in peacebuilding training and programs for increased impact. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 14(3), 333–339.

IAHV. (2013a). Who we are. About IAHV.

IAHV. (2013b). Get involved. Strategic objectives of IAHV peacebuilding programs.

IAHV. (2013c). How we work. IAHV’s unique bio-psycho-social approach.

IAHV. (2015). IAHV Programs.

IAHV. (2016). Media. Video overview and intro to IAHV peacebuilding programs.

IAHV. (2017). IAHV professional care trainings in Jordan 2017.

IAHV. (2021a). Afghanistan. About this project.

IAHV. (2021b). IAHV holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2002.

IAHV. (2021c). Sustainable development is attainable.

IAHV. (2021d). Psychosocial peacebuilding.

IAHV. (2022). War in Ukraine. About this project.

IAHV UK. (2019). Final report. Healing, non-violent empowerment and preventing extremism for children impacted by armed conflict in Lebanon and Jordan through a comprehensive, innovative, sustainable psychosocial approach.

Ijadi-Maghsoodi, R., O'Malley, C., Tascione, E., Montero, A., Wells, K. B., & Zima, B. T. (2021). 25.4 Challenges and innovations in child preventive and crisis intervention delivery across California before and after COVID-19 school closures. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 60(10), 297.

Izak, K. (2020). Wpływ pandemii COVID-19 na radykalizację postaw i terroryzm [The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on radicalisation and terrorism]. Przegląd Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego, 12(23), 13–47.

Kaczmarek, F. (2019). Stanowisko Parlamentu Europejskiego wobec pomocy humanitarnej [The European Parliament's position on humanitarian aid]. Przegląd Politologiczny, 2, 21–31.

Masariková, A., Markovič, D., & Šrobárová, S. (2021). Distance form of crisis intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of CBU in Social Sciences, 2, 257–262.

Reinhardt, I., Gouzoulis-Mayfrank, E., & Zielasek, J. (2019). Use of telepsychiatry in emergency and crisis intervention: current evidence. Current psychiatry reports, 21(8), 1–8.

UN. Secretary-General. (2021). List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 1 September 2019.

UN. The UN Refugee Agency. (2022). Ukraine Emergency.

UNHCR. The UN Refugee Agency. (2022a, May). Due to conflicts in Ukraine and other places, the number of forcibly displaced people has exceeded 100 million for the first time in history.

UNHCR. The UN Refugee Agency. (2022b, June 16). UNHCR: Global displacement hits another record, capping a decade-long rising trend.

Vassen, G. (2020). IAHV online healing resilience and empowerment (HRE) workshop for Frontline workers.




How to Cite

Lintowska, A., Seń, M., & Klisowska, I. (2022). Psychosocial Peacebuilding Approach of International Association for Human Values (IAHV) - now, the first step is available online. E-Methodology, 8(8), 25–32.



“About the Internet” – Theory