Since 2006, specialists, doctors, psychologists, and therapists of Parzival-Zentrum Karlsruhe have taken part in emergency education crisis interventions, carried out by the organization Friends of Friends of Waldorf Education. They work with psychologically traumatized children and young people in war zones and disaster areas, including Lebanon, China, the Gaza Strip, Indonesia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, and most recently in Japan following the tsunami there and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Bernd Ruf, who heads these operations, describes in his book in various ways the basics of anthroposophically extended “emergency education,” including the anthroposophic understanding of trauma itself. In addition, he describes processes and experiences, focusing on recent experiences in Japan at the center of his descriptions.
Educating Traumatized Children offers much-needed insight into this little-known area of education and healing for traumatized children and young people. This book will be valuable not only for those working in areas of disaster and armed conflict, but also for any teacher or parent who is teaching or caring for a traumatized child.
Preface by Peter Selg
1. Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Disaster: Trying to Cope—Somehow
2. Psychological Trauma: When Nothing Is as It Used to Be
3. Emergency Education: Bringing Healing to Injured Souls
4. Healing the Frozenness of Trauma
5. Emergency Education as Threshold Education
6. Competence in Stress Management
7. Crises Can Be Opportunities
Bernd Ruf was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1954. He trained as a secondary school teacher at Mannheim University, specializing in German and History before gaining additional qualifications as a special needs teacher (Reutlingen) and as a Waldorf teacher (Stuttgart). Bernd Ruf co-founded the Waldorf School in Karlsruhe, where he also taught for 20 years, and the Parzival Kompetenzzentrum für Bildung, Förderung und Beratung, a special needs education centre that is based on the principles of Waldorf Education. Ruf has been director at Parzival since 2003. From 1993 to 2007 he was a board member of the Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen (Federal Association of Waldorf Schools) in Germany. Since 1993 he has been a member of the International Forum of Waldorf Schools and, since 1987, he has been Managing Director of the aid organization Friends of Waldorf Education where he is in charge of International Volunteer Services. He has been heading emergency education crisis interventions in war and disaster zones since 2006. These interventions have led him to Lebanon, China, the Gaza Strip, Indonesia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, and Kenya. He is head of the Emergency Education Service at the Karlsruhe Parzival Centre and has been on the Advisory Council to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since 2007. Bernd Ruf lectures and offers seminars in many countries.
Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, many of which have been published in English.
Margot M. Saar studied at the Universität des Saarlandes, at Open University, UK, and at Institut für Waldorfpädagogik Witten Annen, Germany. She is an experienced translator and interpreter in specialty fields (education, medicine, philosophy, anthroposophy, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, general science). She has been a foreign language teacher at Michael House School Derbyshire, UK, a teacher of foreign languages and philosophy, exam officer, and upper school mentor at Michael Hall School, East Sussex, and translator of technical manuals and legal contracts, international correspondence, office management at Hüls Troisdorf AG Witten Germany. Margot has translated numerous books for SteinerBooks, including Peter Selg's 7-volume biography of Rudolf Steiner.