Training of new counsellors in January and February 2019 completed
Our 6 newly employed counsellors are joining our existing team of 15 senior counsellors. They are all lay personnel, having work experience and education only in non-psychological fields – but all completed successfully an intense practical and theoretical training and were chosen among 10 trainees and originally 40 applicants in total. Currently they are joining the senior counsellors in their treatment sessions in order to have a more intense on-the-job learning period before they will soon start their own treatments with highly traumatised clients by war, forceful abductions and torture.
The common feedback of the new counsellors after the first days in the field was: “We are eager to finally put our newly learned knowledge and skills into practice and start interacting with clients and helping them overcome their trauma of the war.”
After observing continuously high levels of aggressive behaviour reported from our clients, their families and from the community, we decided to support the clients not only with addressing causes of trauma-related aggression through the trauma-focussed therapy but also as a general day-to-day anger management skill to learn how to express anger in a healthy non-violent way. The anger management intervention consists of two parts: The first part is about understanding your anger: e.g. What influences it? How does it feel like in your body? How are your thoughts influencing your aggressive behaviour? And what are early warning signs of your anger? The second part is about practical techniques that help the person to first calm down, in order to be able to think about how to act in a non-violent way and then how to express the anger in a healthy way.
As many of our clients are illiterate we prepared with the help of the local artist Patrick Olara Anger Management Cards with literal and symbolic pictures of actions to be taken and activities to try out – to visualise the technique for the client, to take them home with them and help them remember well.