TV: “ITTP Cracks the Cycle of Trauma in World Conflicts”

Wars and violent conflict occur in many places throughout the world. Also, torture occurs more often and in more places than ordinary people might assume. Experiencing any of these can traumatize a person, so a great many persons around the world have been traumatized by torture, war, or violent conflicts.

What do traumatized persons need in order to recover?
How can we support practitioners who are providing treatment for this trauma?

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s February 2013 TV program explores these concerns. Our two guests have worked extensively in this field:

John Van Eenwyk is an Episcopal priest and a Ph.D. clinical psychologist. He founded the International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP), which is based in Olympia WA, and has long served as ITTP’s Clinical Director.

Ayman Nijim is a mental health practitioner from Gaza, Palestine, where he focuses especially on helping children who have been traumatized by the extreme and persistent violence that Palestinians have been suffering for many years. He visited the U.S. for the first time in 2012 to take two months of further training with ITTP in Olympia.

Our interview discusses the extent and dynamics of wars and other violent conflicts that cause trauma, how traumatized people suffer, and what they need for recovery.

We  appreciate the work of the International Trauma Treatment Program, which is based in Olympia and does amazingly high quality work here and on other parts of the world. Please visit and support their work.

We also provide an overview of the realities in Gaza, the trauma suffered by Gaza’s traumatized children, and ways to help traumatized children recover.

To watch the interview, CLICK HERE.

To read more about it, Program Description — February 2013.

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093