Masahiro Minami, Ph.D.
Founder, Project Co-director
Dr. Minami received his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and currently holds the Morita Post-doctoral Fellowship for Peace Action Research at UBC. Dr. Minami is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia, and is also a certified Morita therapist registered with the Japanese Society for Morita Therapy in Japan. He also serves as the Assistant Secretary General for the International Committee for Morita Therapy. He is the originator of the ABPRA Program and travels worldwide to give lectures on the Morita-based reconciliation approach and its applications in Rwanda.
Dr. Minami started collaborating with local NGOs to foster healing, reconciliation and peace building in post-genocide/post-gacaca Rwanda after 2009. He developed and implemented the Action-Based Psychosocial Reconciliation Approach (ABPRA), which synthesizes the principles of Morita therapy and contact theory, to support interpersonal reconciliation processes between survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide living in same communities. His pilot project in Rwanda generated invaluable information to us all, as human beings, in uncovering the key elements to war/conflict prevention and peace building. Dr. Minami serves as the current director of the Prison Fellowship Rwanda-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research in Kigali, Rwanda.
Dr. Minami has been delivering this support in partnership with a local NGO and the Rwandan government for the past three years in two villages in Rwanda. His psychosocial reconciliation project has now moved beyond its piloting phase and expanded as the Globe in Peace Project to encompass large-scale delivery of ABPRA in 8 new villages in Rwanda, targeting more than 500 working pairs (i.e., over 1000 volunteer participants).