World Awareness of Children in Trauma events

Posted by ap507 at Mar 31, 2016 11:01 AM |
Child Trauma Training Workshops and Stakeholders Engagement took place in Sao Paulo and Campinas, Brazil, between 16 - 22 March 2016
World Awareness of Children in Trauma events

Professor Panos Vostanis at the child trauma workshop at University of Campinas (Unicamp)

Professor Panos Vostanis from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour organised a number of events in Brazil to deliver training to staff in contact with children who experience severe trauma; to establish networks between academic centres, services and NGOs; and to develop further research and teaching collaboration.

The events were part of the World Awareness of Children in Trauma programme.

The emerging impact of these events is also subject to evaluation supported by the University of Leicester Research Impact Development Fund. The overall programme was kindly organised and co-ordinated by Professor Amilton dos Santos Junior, Professor of Psychiatry, and included the following sessions:

  • 17th March: Meetings and planning with Professor Amilton dos Santos Junior
  • 18th March: Workshop for 25 staff and social mothers at the NGO Aldeias Infantis in the Sao Paulo wider region.
  • 19th March: Visit to a Sao Paulo favela with the TETO NGO
  • 21st March: Workshop for 80 staff (clinicians, academics and NGO staff) at the University of Campinas.
  • 22nd March: Visit to the Campinas child mental health service and a local favela.

The SOS Children’s Villages are a global organization for orphaned and other vulnerable children, and one of the largest in Brazil. A typical unit consists of social mothers (each one looking after 5-6 children or adolescents), professionals and volunteers. The workshop was hosted at the Poa centre, and was attended by a total of 25 social mothers, staff and managers from all Sao Paulo units, some travelling as far as five hours.

The workshop involved practice-based teaching, case discussion and interaction to relate to the participants’ roles. It was well received and positively evaluated (evaluation forms are currently being analysed by the organisers and a summary can be provided on completion).

The purpose was to understand the extent of need and the options for developing psychosocial support. TETO is a reconstruction NGO across South America that prioritises the neediest families for improvements in their basic homes, and is beginning to extend its support, e.g. through remedial teaching to children.

The second workshop was open to all professionals in contact with vulnerable children in the surrounding region. It attracted an unexpected number of almost 80 participants, a number not compatible with a workshop, but which encouraged the team as a unique opportunity to establish a regional network. Many participants and their agencies were meeting for the first time. These included psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, NGO staff (e.g. against domestic violence), child protection officers and foster carers. Despite the number of attendants, we maintained a similar workshop format, which worked well with large and small group case discussions.

The lecture on child trauma was directed more at academic and clinical staff. This was hosted by the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry. It stimulated discussion and provided the opportunity to meet with all Professors of Psychiatry to discuss mutual interests and future collaboration.

Share this page: