Building a psychosocial model for children victims of armed conflict in Nairobi

I do not usually refer to conferences, but the ISPCAN meeting brought together exactly the right people and agencies, who need to come together to build a comprehensive model.

Therapeutic applications like expressive art therapy (from Gloria and Harambee Arts), theraplay and nurturing techniques (from Catherine and Kay from the Theraplay Institute) gelled well with policy and legislation.

When the time came for workshop-driven recommendations on the strands of the model (safety, caregivers nurturing, school, community, and counselling/psychological interventions), these were specific, tested, achievable and generalisable – but above all viewed in their totality. A lot to share and develop further. 



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