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Now More Than Ever...

At a time of rising turmoil and polarization - a time that calls for new thinking, new vision, new understanding, and new ways of relating in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Who We Are and What We Do

Common Bond Institute (CBI) is a U.S. based Non-Governmental Organization that grew out of one of the first Soviet-American non-government human service exchanges initiated in 1982. CBI organizes and operates local capacity building training programs, disaster health care services, and conflict transformation conferences internationally, and assists newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing societies.

CBI is grounded in the application of humanistic psychology’s principles in it’s commitment to capacity building at both the grass roots and social institutional level. It’s focus is on increasing locally based skills and services, exploring human consciousness and relationship dynamics, and expanding public dialogue and awareness of critical issues.

Our Mission

Cultivating compassion and the fundamental elements of a consciousness of peace through conflict transformation and local capacity building for social healing are seen as natural, effective antidotes to hardship and suffering in the human condition, large group despair, and small group radical extremism. To this end, enabling each society to effectively resolve and transform conflicts, satisfy core human needs within their communities, and construct effective, holistic mechanisms for self determination, self esteem, and fundamental human dignity and worth to strengthen current and future generations is the purpose of our work.

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Our Current Work


Transgenerational Trauma Conference

5th Annual International Conference on
Transgenerational Trauma

October, 2016

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A landmark conference addressing unresolved communal trauma inherited from one generation to the next, including implications for past, present, and future relations between communities, and the development of new models and methods for social healing.  MORE


Social Health Care (SHC)  Training and Treatment Program

Social Health Care (SHC)
Trauma Training and Treatment Program

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria 


An integrated, interdisciplinary, and local capacity building training and treatment service equipping hundreds of local service providers in regions of conflict with proven and culturally adapted mental health treatment skills for trauma healing to the massive refugee communities in these countriesMORE

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Global Network
for the study of

Transgenerational Trauma

A multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural professional network of associations, universities, and organizations engaged in the study of inherited, unresolved communal trauma, and the implications for violence and war within and between communities.   MORE



Additional Conferences
and Programs:

Engaging the Other
Engaging the Other:
The Power of Compassion

Religion, Conflict, and Peace:
Walking The Talk To Compassion And Harmony

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