The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology is a free course offered by Edraak in cooperation with Beyond Conflict and Questscope.
The course aims to help learners understand the science of stress and trauma with the goal of demystifying the psychological and physiological effects of adversity on the brain, body and behavior, in addition to providing specific information and exercises to counter the negative effects of stress and trauma and build resilience.
This course deals with five basic topics, namely:
The basic functions and structure of the brain and parts of the nervous system The body’s stress responses Chronic stress Psychological Trauma Restoring control after experiencing trauma and chronic stress
We have designed this course to suit anyone who has a passion and interest in science and the course topics, regardless of education level or cultural background. At the end of this course, we hope that learners will be able to better understand some of the mechanisms behind the brain and body’s stress response as well as the scientific underpinnings of various trauma-related symptoms and recovery from those symptoms. We hope that, by the end of the course, learners will be able to articulate the scientific foundations of chronic stress, trauma and resilience, and learn some specific tools for improving stress-related symptoms.
Michael Niconchuk is a neuroscience researcher, author, and technical expert in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings and the neuroscience of intergroup conflict. Michael currently serves as the Mental Health and Armed Conflict Program Director at Beyond Conflict and Senior Technical Expert for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at Questscope in Amman, Jordan. In his role, Michael leads various initiatives focusing on mental health and conflict, building programs to support mental health among conflict-affected populations, and addressing links between mental health and cycles of violence in communities. Michael is the author of several innovative scientific publications on issues of neuroscience, violent extremism, intergroup relations, and social movements. Mike is the author of the Field Guide for Barefoot Psychologists.