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Invitation to the “Mental health from the lens of social justice” third community event

⏰ Save the date: 14th May, 17:00-21:00
📝 Please fill out the registration form by 12.05.2024.
📍Herzbergstraße 82-84, 10365 Berlin
 🇺🇸 Language: English 

This series of community meetings invites cultural workers and artists into a practice space and exploration of how we can create more trauma-sensitivity, safety and trust inour spaces – in ourselves, our communities and organizational structures facing multiple wars and conflicts, growing violence and polarization. Through regenerative embodiment practices, reflection and exchange we’ll navigate different questions around interrelation of the body, trauma and systems of oppression, and ground them somatically in our experiences. We politicize mental health and our right for wellbeing as a way of nurturing our response-ability, resilience and social change. Rest, slowness, vulnerability, grief or joy have a place in this space.

This session we focus on the questions what trauma-sensitive approach means for us; what biases, prejudice and stigma around trauma we face; why social justice and decolonial lens is important to take into account when we navigate understanding of trauma and transformation; and explore how trauma-sensitive approach can look like in concrete contexts. 


Tanja Sokolnykova (she/her) is an arts educator, facilitator and human being from Ukraine, based in Berlin. Reflecting on her migration biography and different (traumatic) experiences in the context of systems of inequity, coloniality and social violence has shaped and is continuously shaping her perspective. Tanja works at the intersection of cultural and political education with different communities and in schools, and leads body-centered group processes. Since russian full-scale invasion, she has been co-organizing and facilitating socio-cultural projects with women* and teenagers from Ukraine. 

Instagram: @tanja.sova

Diba Tuncer (she/her)  is an educational scientist, trauma-informed somatic counselor (2023), and certified systemic coach (2016). She accompanies people through individual coaching, team coaching, supervision,  trainings and mainly supports women* in leadership positions. In addition to many cognitive methods, she uses embodiment and presence as a method. She worked as a facilitator and supervisor in the frame of Theodor Heuss Kolleg-Mitost. ev. 

After her further education in Design & facilitation of international training events on the topics mentoring & supervision of adult educational processes (THK- 2013) and Train-the-trainer in seminar management of educational events on the topics of human rights, flight & asylum (EJBW – 2017), she has been facilitating educational events on creating safe spaces. 

She studied English & Literature (BA) and worked as an English teacher in Turkey and Germany. She completed her M.A. with focus on Post-Colonial Pedagogies at the University of Potsdam. She is currently working on her PhD project in Education at the University of Bremen and Alice Salomon University.

Her working languages are: Kurdish, Turkish, English, German

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kasia Zielinska (zielinska@zusaculture.org) or Adina Constantin (constantin@zusaculture.org).

“What’s next? Safe cultural multi-spaces for the multidisciplinary reflection of (post)war and (post)crisis European identity” — project in a partnership of Fundația Gabriela Tudor (Romania), MitOst e.V. (Germany), Musiktheatertage Wien (Austria), Proto produkciia (Ukraine), Wrocław Institute of Culture (Poland), zusa (Germany).


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