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Research on Capacitar’s Impact

Did you know?

• An estimated 500 million people live with PTSD
• 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by political or criminal violence and war
• 1 in 3 women are exposed to sexual, physical or other abuse in their lifetime
• 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty
• 70.8 million people are refugees or internally displaced (2019)

Tsunamis, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions also traumatize many thousands of people each year. Fear and anxiety around climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic affect millions.

Trauma is a global burden. It affects people in every country, every walk of life but is especially burdensome for those with few or no resources. Capacitar has worked for over 30 years sharing simple wellness skills with people dealing with stress and trauma, empowering them to tap into their own inner wisdom to heal themselves, their families and their communities. Capactar’s program of wellness practices and popular education method has been field tested with many thousands of people in 45 countries.

The following includes the research and findings of Founder Patricia Cane, Ph.D. carried out after Hurricane Mitch in Central America; a survey by Special Projects Director, Joan Condon, M.A. of the impact of Capacitar practices on the lives of participants; the Capacitar Research and Reflection Project carried out in 2009 and 2010 with questionnaires, interviews and focus groups in the USA and 12 countries; several dissertations and a thesis studying Capacitar methods in different applications.


Healing Trauma, Empowering Wellness

Capacitar: Sanar El Trauma, Empoderar El Bienestar

Research and Reflection Project Pt 1 Research and Reflection Project – Pt 2

Trauma Healing Dissertation Abstract and Findings

Participant Life Change Survey


• Regina Hess, PhD Women’s Lives in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and Their
Experiences with the ‘Capacitar Practices’ For Transforming
Trauma: An Embodied Inquiry

• Sharon Johnson, PhD A Psychoeducational Approach for Prevention of
Burnout Among Teachers Dealing with HIV/AIDS in
South Africa

• Jodi Loomis, MA Reducing Aggressive Behaviors in Students with Autism by Implementing Scheduled Relaxation Exercises

• Patty Abozaglo, MA, JD Dance, Resilience and Social Transformation in the Global South

• Patty Abozaglo, MA, JD Collective Trauma in Conflict Scenarios:
A Scoping Study

• Marian Baker, CASPR, CSPR – Manual Hopscotch Project

• Marian Baker, CASPR CASPR Ireland Evaluation Report2017