Third i Paradigm’s core belief is that in order for social change to become sustainable, it requires integrated personal and social transformation.  

Chronic stress and trauma factors have deep and enduring personal and social consequences. Without attention to these factors, development assistance projects may have limited impact, require continuous donor support, or are potentially corrupted.

The trauma-informed approach is adapted related to whether the environment is crisis-post crisis, stabilization/transitional or sustained development.

It addresses the individual and social experience of conflict and violence. Topics related to individual experience include emotions, self-regulation, perspective, identity, accountability and trauma awareness.  These components are then examined within the social context and related implications to social values, belief systems, belonging and social connection.   

Depending on the extent of the trauma approach and project goals, this information is then adapted to the local context and integrated into workshops, activities and/or projects.