I loved this arrangement from our hosts, that participants would bring a treat for children at a local orphanage, and in return we could have the venue for free! Often getting into debates whether only mental health professionals have a therapeutic role because they can provide therapy, I suggested that if the biscuits have a pastoral role, how could not everyone else in the room?
And of course they did, with adventurous remits across agencies for vulnerable groups. The overwhelming need came across, being faced with poverty and violence in the favelas, but so did the commitment and innovation. Our last case was pretty tough, with just negative vibes at the start. Yet at the end a number of interventions were put forward at all four levels of the ecological framework (child, family, school and community). This was not a theoretical exercise at all.