Community Wellness

Community wellness is based on a public health approach with two assumptions. First, most illnesses are preventable, including various types of mental illness. Second, the community itself contains many solutions to its own health needs and already has many techniques to encourage resilience and wellness.

With minimal training, people can connect with their inner source of resilience.  With the right kind of attention, healing begins. We practice these skills.

Culturally-specific strategies enhance a community’s ability to recover.  To tap into this cultural wisdom, we identify those in the community who are already recovering and thriving.  We learn from them, adopt and adapt strategies, and help them share their experiences with others in their community.

Through our process, community members:

  •  find the resilience to address problems
  • improve community connections
  • change how they face the stresses of daily life
  • overcome creative blocks
  • explore spiritual connections in their inner lives
  • discover how they can be part of positive changes in the world


To foster resilience and community engagement, Focusing Initiatives International:

  • Offers workshops on human development, including psychosocial wellness, healing from trauma, and coping with and reducing stress. We promote locally existing positive coping skills and wellness practices to create just and peaceful communities.
  • Mentors trainers throughout the world in Focusing and other processes that aid in self-reflection, communication and greater listening skills, so that they can become more effective leaders and promote wellness, emotional safety, and human development in their own communities.
  • Provides technical assistance to individuals and organizations to help them design, establish, fund, and operate local programs and projects to promote human development.

Outcomes:  

The success of our programs has been evaluated by two independent organizations and includes:

  • Reduced violence in families and schools
  • Improvements in wellbeing and physical health
  • Reduced reliance on over-the-counter and illegal drugs and alcohol
  • Increased capacity to facilitate peace and reconciliation

Definition of Key Terms:

Focusing:

A practical way of helping people look inward and create an open internal space  that allows them to change the way they think and find new possibilities for positive solutions.

Psychosocial wellness:
Psycho = having to do with emotions and personality
Social = rules and relations within a society, community or family
Psychosocial Wellness = Refers to the dynamic relationship between psychological and social effects, each continually influencing the other

Resilience:
The ability to deal positively with problems and traumas in life.
The ability to cope with problems by building on community and individual strengths and skills.

This initiative's Team

Anna Willman
Annika Frohböse
Fida Muhammad
Georgia Kaltsidou
Haqmal Daudzai
Hunter Keller
Jerry Conway
Nasir Khan
Nazia Jamshed Khan
Nina Joy Lawrence
Ocen Daniel Osako
Pat Omidian
Wajid Syed

Reaching Resilience: A Training Manual for Community Wellness