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.
Children and War Foundation collaborates with different organizations to provide help following the Nepal earthquake. Read more here.
Thanks to Marta Wojciechowska and Ewa Plesowicz, we have now added a Polish version of the Children’s Revised Impact of Event Scale, 13 item version.
Thanks to Ditte Bruun Eriksen and colleagues we have now added a Danish version of the CRIES-8 and the cPTCI. We are very grateful for the work they have done.
Dr. Nashmeel Rasool HamahAmeen has kindly offered us a Kurdish translation of Children’s Revised Impact of Event Scale (CRIES-8). We are very grateful for this contribution, and you can find the translation here.
Sivert Straume and Bypsykologene have graciously decided to sponsor CAW with NOK 75000 yearly. We are very thankful for this large donation that will help us achieve our goal of building knowledge and helping children who experience war and disaster.
A Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT) training took place at Baghdad Teaching Hospital in Baghdad on the 7th and 8th of January 2015. The training was led by Dr Numan Ali, FRCPsych and supported by board member Tori Snell by video conference. Nine mental health professionals participated. The training was hosted by the Department of Psychiatry and a psychological trauma center based in the hospital.
Responding to requests for training in Teaching Recovery Techniques, Elin Hordvik and Bill Yule conducted a two-day training for 20 participants at the Catholic University in Lviv. The invitation came from Dr Oleg Romatchuk and Dr Dennis Ougrin, both child psychiatrists . They have set up a network of CBT therapists across Ukraine and provide regular supervision. The therapists work mainly with adult clients and this training was in response to the need to work with groups of children affected by the fighting in the east of Ukraine and in Kiev. Read more »
The Foundation has now added a Korean translation of the 13 item version of the Impact of Event Scale for children.