It is very encouraging to read about Aala el-Khanis work to help traumatized parents and their children in an interview with the Guardian. Together with colleagues from Univesity of Manchester she, with support from our foundation is working to expand our Teaching Recovery Techniques manual to secure more family involvement and help. Reed the article here
From the 26th to the 28th October 2016 there was a training of trainers (ToT) on the Teaching Recovery Techniques manual, which was developed by the Children and War Foundation. The workshop was organised by the Social Support Society. The training was delivered by Dr. Masa Al-kurdi, a trainer from the Foundation. The training was held in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, in one of the Lebanese primary schools where the TRT team teach Syrian refugees.
From the 27th to the 30th September 2016 there was a training workshop on the Teaching Recovery Techniques manual, which was developed by the Children and War Foundation. The workshop was organised by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation, A Syrian-American non-profit medical organisation with its headquarter in the USA. The training was delivered by Dr. Masa Al-kurdi, a trainer from the Foundation, and her co-trainer Ms. Lamia Al Gorra. The training was held in the suburbs of Thessaloniki in an area called Sindos, closely situated to the refugee camps where later implementations of the program would take place.
The Children and War Foundation took part in the 4th annual conference held by the Syrian Association for Mental Health (SAMH). The conference was held in Gaziantep, Turkey on the 23rd and 24th April 2016 and was focused on mental health care for Syrians, in and out of Syria. Read more »
Three of our measures; DSRS (Depression self-rating scale for children (Birleson)), CRIES-8 and cPTCI are now available and can be downloaded in Russian under the measures section of our website.
We thank Anastasia Efimenko for her work on the translation of the measures and Elena Cherepanov for making this possible.
From the 26th to the 29th February 2016 there was a training workshop on the Teaching Recovery Techniques manual, which was developed by the Children and War Foundation. Together with the Foundation, the workshop was organised by the Syrian Association for Mental Health (SAMH), a Syrian organisation that promotes psychological health and wellbeing. The training was delivered by Dr. Masa Al-kurdi, a trainer from the Foundation, and her co-trainer Ms. Lamia Al Gorra. The training was held in Gaziantep, Turkey where later implementations of the program would take place in local Syrian orphanages. Read more »
From the 25th to the 28th of January 2016 there was a training workshop on the Teaching Recovery Techniques manual, which was developed by the Children and War Foundation. The workshop was organised by the Social Support Society (SSS), a Lebanese organisation providing mainstream education to Syrian children refugees in Lebanon. The training was delivered by Dr. Masa Al-kurdi, a trainer from the Foundation, and her co-trainer Ms. Lamia Al Gorra, who was previously trained on the TRT manual in Jordan, 2012. The training was held in Beqaa, Lebanon where later implementations of the program would take place. Read more »
From 29th of September to the 3rd of October this year there was a training workshop on “Post Trauma Management” held in Peshawar, Pakistan, based on the manual “Children and Disaster, Teaching Recovery Techniques” developed by Children and War Foundation. The workshop was organized by Horizon Welfare Agency and Ibadat Hospital, Peshawar in collaboration with World Psychiatric Association (WPA), World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House,
Mark Pharmaceuticals, Children and War Foundation and University of the Punjab. The team of resource persons was from Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP), Centre for Clinical Psychology (CCP) University of the Punjab Lahore and Behria University Islamabad. A team of 6 psychologists headed by Nazia Bashir conducted this workshop on behalf of Children & War Foundation Bergen Norway and Kings College London. Children and War Foundation trained the professionals of CCP on this manual in 2013 and currently a reasonable number of professionals are equipped to provide this group intervention following manmade and natural disasters in Pakistan. This training workshop on Post Trauma Management was planned to observe the needs of professionals regarding trauma management specifically with reference to the terrorist attack at the Army Public School Peshawar. You can read the written report here.
Children and War provided trainings in Nepal in the month of July. The first training was held by Unni Heltne from Children and War for Global Action Nepal –staff, Youth Volunteers and partner organisations in Nepal on the 18th and 19th of July. It also counted with the extra support from Kamal Chowdhury, a Psychologist from Bangladesh, who has worked in partnership with Children and War Foundation for many years, and has a greater understanding of the local culture. Global Action Nepal (GAN) works in many districts of Nepal that were heavily affected by the earthquake, such as Kavre, Solukhumbu, Kathmandu, Laliptur and Lamjung. The second training was held on the 28th and 29th of July, and was given by Unni and 3 members of GAN who had received the initial training. It was offered to the 30 Youth Volunteers who had been receiving multiple training sessions as their preparation for a 6-month deployment to 5 of the most earthquake affected districts. This training focused on a simplified approach in aiding children to relax and deal with bad memories and bad dreams. It also concentrated on how to identify and refer children with more severe traumas to professionals. You can read the written report here.
Trainer Unni Heltne (psychologist) have completed several workshops to teach Nepalese professionals to lead groups for children and adolescents in the evidence based manual Children and disasters. Teaching Recovery Techniques. This manual has been used with very good results following previous earthquakes and hopefully this effort will secure good help in reducing trauma among children. Successive group trainings will now be arranged for professionals recruited and coordinated by the NGO Global Action Nepal, whose staff will be participating in the trainings. Dr Kamal Choudhry from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh was Heltne’s co-trainer at the first training in Kathmandu. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry have paid for the trainers, while local partners paid for other costs.