This super work is coming to fruition – thanks to Priya today! Of course, this resource is at the heart of the programme and our own hearts. It needed almost three years of sweat and tears with so many of you to be tested, yet look so simple (www.wacit.org) – from the Jakarta orphanages in Bahasa language to the humble school at Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, people have embraced its principles and used them to help others. :
Thanks to Frances, who has kick started an exciting series of free psychoeducation resources for caregivers and frontline practitioners in contact with vulnerable children in low- and middle-income countries, but not only. Hopefully, these will help raise awareness, introduce key principles and make some impact together with other training initiatives that are following shortly.
The first resource is particularly related to education, but will be useful across settings too. It can be downloaded from the WACIT website:
We would welcome your feedback, suggestions for more resources, and sharing your expertise!
After a few days at Glastonbury festival and getting this lovely mug from our graduating student Shezray, I vow to keep the intimacy and edginess of the programme – who said that academic rigour and funkiness are mutually exclusive?
Introducing different levels of training for different service layers is relatively new in child mental health anyway. When available, these training levels are separate or, at best, parallel. Sometimes having no training precedent paradoxically eases innovation.
All that had been missing was a team to operate on the interface, which is what the Children on the Edge team did, with their primary focus on child protection in disadvantaged communities, and gradually expanding in therapeutic areas. In that respect, the first child trauma workshop was not that different to previous variations.
It became particularly exciting at the end of that workshop when we reflected what would be relevant – and crucially, how – for the community child protection volunteers. When they came for the second child trauma workshop, they expressed their own expectations and fears, but we went through the day seamlessly. Using their own material helped, and me taking the back seat for the COTE leads to facilitate was even more gratifying.
The next challenge is to build on both levels without losing their integration.