Learning Through Storytelling 

Episode 1: Rwanda, A Portrait of Post-Traumatic Growth 


March 29th, 2024

About This Webinar

Post-traumatic growth (PTG) posits that adversity has the potential to result in transformational change that can manifest in a variety of ways. While PTG does not aim to minimize the challenges associated with suffering, it highlights the potential for meaning-making following pivotal life-events. While there have been examples of this phenomena on an individual level, rarely are these applications discussed on a macro-level.  

Rwanda is a beacon of hope for the rest of the world with regards to their response to the `1994 genocide against the Tutsi, where between 600,000 and 1,000,000 people were killed by friends and neighbors within 100 days. The Rwandan government shaped a thoughtful, organized, and intentional recovery that capitalized on the strengths of Rwandan culture that were embedded before colonization. The fruits of this response are captured by the safety, cleanliness, and highly connective country who identifies as "One Rwanda." In essence, the national identity captures the reality that we are all human regardless of ethnic or racial identities.  

Our Rwanda, A Portrait of Post-Traumatic Growth, is the first episode in a series of storytelling trainings that were designed to increase relatability of concepts in mental health. Utilizing original video content in conjunction with traditional presentation methods, this episode will highlight strength, resiliency, and the results of Rwanda's exemplary response to the genocide. Post-traumatic growth and resiliency are discussed in the context of people who shared their stories with us, along with mental health professionals who live and work in Rwanda.  

Participants will be able to...

  • Define Post-Traumatic Growth Theory (PTG). 
  • Discuss the concepts of PTG and apply them to Rwanda's recovery from the genocide. 
  • Discuss characteristics unique to Rwandan culture that cultivated a unified populous following the genocide.  
  • Apply the lessons learned about PTG through the Storytelling series to their own client work.  
  • Articulate – areas of strength, areas of growth on a micro level. 


Continuing Education (CE) hours: 3  

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Live Webinar Details 

Date: Friday, March 29th 2024 

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm PST 

Target Audience:  Minimum of a Master's Degree in a mental health or related field; or be a student in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field. In Low- and Middle-Income Countries, a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field is required.

Course Materials: Presentation in PDF format available after purchase 24 hours prior to webinar.    

Additional Info: For live CE credit, you must watch the live webinar in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. Quizzes must be passed with at least an 80%. 

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