WACIT online training: Fee discounts and waivers for low-income countries

The only purpose of this online training is to make it as widely accessible as possible. We have tried to negotiate fair access to colleagues from low-income countries, either through discounts or fee waivers.

So, if you are employed by a local or national organization in a low-income country, please let us know through the course message form!



WACIT training was always alive, now the first module is live online!

Jakarta workshopLots of technical hiccups, but we got there. It was a challenge to put the WACIT foundation training together as an online module. One has to look at materials the other way round, as if participants are in the room. Yet, it was easy to imagine all several hundred of those I met in the last three years, then try to remember how they responded when adapting the interactive tools for this E-Learn Child Trauma Awareness module.

Thanks to Stevie for persevering along with her own modules. Let’s keep on eye on adapting and hopefully adding more modules. Feedback greatly appreciated:




Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda: New school materials and all that we take for granted

At one level, it was wonderful to see the new school materials raised by Action for African Refugees, led by Emma and Luciana, only within a few days. Yet, some sadness at the same time that crowdfunding was required for what is a basic human right, that these materials

will only reach a small minority of refugee children, and that refugee adolescents have pay school fees which virtually rules them out…

Top-up schooling in a New Delhi slum

The slum popped up out of nowhere, bringing with it all the usual vulnerabilities for children. The local school is available, but attendance is not great and mainstream education can be a long haul for children with patchy development and emotional dysregulation.

So, this local NGO equally popped up in response to need. Regular after-school tuition and emotional literacy – a colourful oasis, rather pertinent on the eve of India Republic Day!

Time for applications for the 2018 Women Ambassadors Forum

The Women Ambassadors Forum (WAF) is an international meeting organized annually by students, with the goal of empowering women around the world. The forum is a five-day program held at Southern Methodist University in the US. The forum engages a global network of ambassadors in meaningful conversations advocating for gender equality and women empowerment through a series of workshops, seminars, and mentorship opportunities.

Women Ambassadors was founded in 2015, and since then it has organized three international forums. The WAF is now in the process of planning the fourth forum, and is currently accepting applications for the 2018 meeting:




Also, congratulations to Sima Bibi for being elected women’s rights ambassador last year!






Opportunities to work with the very best – Professor Theresa Betancourt – in the US and Sierra Leone, do not come often

img_9861It was an honour to welcome Theresa to the UK two weeks ago. Her intervention trials and other robust research studies in the most extreme human circumstances have been influenced our thinking and practice for many years. So, here is a great opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellowship  in Sierra Leone with the Research Program on Children and Adversity, Boston College School of Social Work:

The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The newest phase of RPCA work in Sierra Leone involves an NIMH-funded mental health service research hub called Youth FORWARD (Youth Functioning and Organizational Success for West African Regional Development (U19 Mechanism)). Over the next 3-4 years, in collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone, the University of Liberia, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), CARITAS, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), government Ministries and non-governmental organizations, RPCA will be exploring ways to link evidence based mental health services for youth to the youth employment sector in Sierra Leone while also building capacity for mental health services research in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.

https://bc.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=1&c=bc , and search “req1020.”

If only I could turn the clock back and apply myself…