Press Release

Posted by khmernews on January 31, 2009

Press Release

PHNOM PENH, 30 January 2009:  The Center for Social Development (“CSD”) is pleased to announce and make freely available to learning institutions, relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies 4,000 (four thousand) laminated, glossy educational posters (measuring 76.5cm x 52cm) about trauma.The 4,000 posters depict four different scenarios or messages: (i) common symptoms of trauma (branched in a Symptoms Tree), (ii) structure and function of the brain; an example of a triggering event, (iii) who/where one can seek help, and (iv) diagram of trauma transmission to the 2nd generation.  The poster content of illustrations/photos/diagrams is taken from the unique and well-regarded CSD Understanding Trauma in Cambodia Handbook, currently used by social workers and the Royal University’s Department of Psychology as its primary textbook for both its Bachelor and Masters programs.

The Emotional Support Section of the CSD Public Forum Unit is responsible for the creation / production of these posters and Trauma Handbooks.  The Emotional Support Section was conceived three years ago when psycho-therapist Matthias WITZEL came to CSD as a consultant of the German Development Service (“DED”) with psychological assistant Ms. YIM Sotheary.  Currently, the Emotional Support Team comprised of Matthias’s replacement, Mr. Stefan KIESEL (who has experience working with child soldiers), Sotheary and Ms. OM Chariya.  At every public forum on “Justice & National Reconciliation”, during every Tour Visit of provincial participants to Phnom Penh (to Tuol Sleng, Choeung Ek, the Extraordinary Chambers), during every seminar on Civil Party of the Orphans Class, the Emotional Support Team is there to provide listening ears and support to participants who may need them.

CSD is deeply grateful to DED for fully funding the Emotional Support Section, its staff and consultants as well as its publications.  Additionally, DED co-funds the Public Forum Unit with Diakonia/SIDA, another important partner in this healing/reconciliation process to whom we owe many thanks.

To learn more about the Emotional Support Section (ESS), please visit “Public Forum Unit: Emotional Support Section” or pick up an ESS brochure/leaflet “Come to terms with the past and move forward” of which 1,200 copies have recently been printed.

For further information, please contact:
– Ms. Theary C. SENG, executive director                                                012.222.552,
– Ms. CHUON Sokunthy, deputy head Public Forum Unit                    016.872.265,
– Ms. YIM Sotheary, senior psychological assistant                               012.733.644,
– Ms. OM Chariya, psychological assistant, tour guide                        011.573.673,

P.S.  We invite you to learn more of our and citizens’ monitoring activities of the  national COURTS and of the ECCC at “Legal Unit” and their impact at “CSD in the News”.

The Center for Social Development (CSD)
No.19, Street 57, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 23 364 735
Fax: (855) 23 354 736


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