Psychosocial support for Typhoon Yolanda victims

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS)

The MHPSS program aims to enhance the capacity of local education, health and social welfare workers by increasing their understanding of the impact of trauma. Using expressive art and basic psychosocial interventions, the Department of Education will mainstream this curriculum into the public school system.

The first half of the program focused on training professionals from the local education, health and social welfare officesand the second half of the program was directed towards teachers and guidance counselors. The direct beneficiaries of the trainings are the professionals and the indirect beneficiaries are their clients. The main achievements to date include 90 graduates of the family counseling training program, and a successful three month expressive arts psychosocial support pilot program operating in four public schools with over 200 participants. 

Third Stage expansion:

IsraAID Philippines' MHPSS third stage expansion program is being carried out in collaboration with Ormoc’s Department of Education, which began at the end of 2015. The third stage aims to integrate psychosocial activities into the education curriculum of public schools in Ormoc. It focuses on raising awareness about those experiencing trauma. The program provides MHPSS tools and services using expressive arts therapy, and the dynamics of the class as a group to teach normalization of stress reactions, resilience techniques, and self-care. The PSS activities are being integrated into the Values Education curriculum while all guidance counselors and Values Education teachers in the city went through PSS training given by IsraAID staff and core team facilitators. To date welfare professionals, in collaboration with school teachers who have been trained by an Israeli therapist, co-facilitated classes for students grades 5 – 10 in 100 selected public schools in Ormoc City. Heading into the 2016-2017 school year, the MHPSS expansion program is already being standardized across the Ormoc’s Department of Education public school system.

In the expansion plan for the second half of 2016 every class will participate in eight activities. Each activity starts with a warm – up exercises in order to increase participant’s enthusiasm, encourage them to participate and get them more comfortable and relaxed before the activity. Each activity ends with the opportunity for the students to share how they felt and what they learned.  IsraAID’s MHPSS staff with provide supervision and support for the professionals and educators implementing the activities. 

IsraAID's vision is to expand and to institutionalize more psychosocial support in the municipal Department of Education in other regions in the Philippines by integrating expressive arts psychosocial support activities into the public school system curriculums, thus, mainstreaming a PSS approach in the school system and the community.

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PSS Discussion
PSS Art Activity with Children
PSS Art Activity with Children
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Most of the efforts during the past months were focused on designing and launching Phase 3 of IsraAID's mental health program.

Specifically, monthly activities included:

July:

  • 3rd stage pilot program in collaboration with the department of education was designed and approved including pre evaluation.  The pilot program will be facilitated to 4 classes, between 45-50 participants each class. We chose 4 different grades in 4 different schools.
  • Meetings with local government heads were held to assess needs.
  • 4 External MHPSS activities held during the month to a total of 95 participants.
  • PSS support provided to the Nirvana boat capsizing survivors.

August:

  • 3rd stage pilot program in collaboration with the department of education was implemented during the month on a weekly basis in 4 public schools. The 3rd stage pilot program is being facilitated to 4 classes, between 16-45 participants in each class. We chose 4 different grades in 4 different schools. Class advisers of each class are assisting facilitators during the activities.
  • The core team facilitators are IsraAID's trainees from 1st and 2nd stages, from the department of education (and 1 from the department of social welfare) and they are assisted by class advisers in the classes where the activity is being held.
  • 3rd stage pilot Pre evaluation report, activity reports and post evaluation questionnaires were formulated.
  • Class advisers and facilitators report on great student progress, as they are more engaged in the activities, they have opened up and learned to share, support and be supported by the class. They also report that the students are eager to participate and to continue with the activities on a regular basis.
  • Additional collaborations with Ibasho, OCCCI, Magis and the department of health were explored and are in planning process.

September:

  • 3rd stage pilot program in collaboration with the department of education was implemented and completed during the month including post evaluation and the subsequent reports.
  • Coordination of the expansion program to 25 schools with the department of education.
  • Preparation for MAGIS seminar and 3rd stage training on MHPSS with children and youth,
  • Exploration and discussion re potential collaborations with Ibasho and the social welfare department of Tacloban.

 

October:

  • 3rd stage pilot program in collaboration with the department of education was implemented and completed during the month including post evaluation and the subsequent reports.
  • Coordination of the expansion program to 25 schools with the department of education.
  • Preparation for MAGIS seminar and 3rd stage training on MHPSS with children and youth,
  • Exploration and discussion re potential collaborations with Ibasho and the social welfare department of Tacloban.
  • Pre and post evaluation results already submitted together with activity reports. Still working on a summary report comparing pre and post results.

November:

  • Preparation for and co facilitation of a 1 day seminar, in collaboration with MAGIS and other partner organizations, on managing burnout and self-care through the Expressive Arts
  • Preparation, coordination and implementation of 2 training seminars to the 3rd stage facilitators (supervisors) and teachers from the department of education on MHPSS work with children and youth.
  • designing the expansion of the 3rd stage to 20 schools in Ormoc and creating teams of supervisors and teachers to work together
  • Started analysis of the 3rd stage trainings evaluations –still in progress.
  • Preparation, coordination and implementation (Amos and Mae) of 2 MHPSS activities at 2 institutions for youth at risk in Ormoc.
  • Further exploration and discussion re potential collaborations with social welfare department of Tacloban.

 

The initial feedback on the Phase 3 pilot are extremely positive, with full data and results available early 2016.

Months February - May 2015 were the last 4 months of the 11 months long Family Counselling training which was in fact, the second stage of IsraAID's MHPSS program.

The training was facilitated to homogenous groups of participants who are in teaching, health, social welfare, or protective professions. The program provided the participants with an in-depth learning experience around relevant topics with a focus on Family Counselling in all its many aspects: Adolescence, Child Abuse and Neglect, Group Facilitation, Children and their emotional needs, Family Dynamics in Crisis Situations, Gender Based Violence, Elderly, Loss, grief, and mourning in the family, Domestic Violence, Illness in the family, and Substance abuse and its influence on the family.

 The second stage encompassed four mainly homogenous groups, 20-23 participants per group. These groupings represent the different professions that are in direct contact with the general population in both disaster response and in day to day life.

  1. Department of Health: midwives and health workers
  2. Department of Education: teachers, guidance counsellors, school nurses
  3. Disaster Responders: police, religious sectors, prison officers, firefighters
  4. City Social Welfare and Development: social workers.

 Each group received two days of training per month, facilitated by a therapist who is a specialist in the designated area. The specialists conducted these trainings over a period of two weeks, four days per week, two days per group. One day per week was devoted to preparation and follow-up evaluation of the sessions.

 The participants were given ‘homework’ assignments for the periods between the trainings which were focus on implementing what they have learned in the field. The ‘homework’ consisted of facilitating individuals and/or groups using the content and techniques they learned in the training.

“I was able to apply or put into practice what I have learned. Learning by doing is more effective than just listening or taking down notes. You will remember the things you learn when you put it into practice. I have personally understood how to help children, especially boys to express thoughts by putting it into concrete things/describing rather than directly asking about it.” (2nd stage participant).

FEBRUARY

February's training focused on Grief, mourning and loss in the family, facilitated by Doctor of Philosophy in Psychodrama therapy, Esti Avnon-Kalev, an Israeli Art Therapist and Head of the Psychodrama training in the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at Haifa University.

This topic is usually not discussed much in the Filipino culture, as it is considered insignificant by many. But in fact, no one is exempted from experiencing loss. One way or another we all have experienced or will experience loss in our lives.

It is evident that the February training introduced new ideas and tools in coping with loss in the family. It can be noted that the participants gained knowledge and practical tools through the activities facilitated, providing them new way of looking at Grief, mourning and loss in the family and the needed confidence to practice what they learnt in the community.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question: "Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?"

"Yes, because a lot of people suffered from pain, trauma, grief and loss so what we learned today would really help us."

"Yes, the topics are important after the wrath of Yolanda because it helps to ease the pain and trauma experienced."

"Yes, because in day to day life we can use this experience and help others in dealing with their situation."

"Yes, because it helped me gain techniques on how to handle one's life after experiencing loss in the family".

"Yes, because it is helpful in times of emergencies so that I can manage my mourning first before rescuingothers who are mourning."

"Yes because we all know that all of us have lost properties and even loved ones. It would help us overcometrauma and deal with it."

"Yes, because many victims kept their trauma within themselves and don't know how to release it.  A traumathat is unattended is not healthy for the individual."

"Of course it is. It helps survivors to understand and appreciate the brighter side of life despite the calamity.  It can somehow lighten their loads-emotional and psychological."

"Yes, because it will help people who doesn't know how to resolve their problems in times of grief and trauma in life."

"It was very heavy not only for me but for most of the participants. It was like going through the process of the loss again, the pain and everything that was unconsciously buried in the depths of yourself. I could say that the activities were really helpful in dealing with it and it may not change me the soonest but I know that a part of me was set free and will slowly heal and the void in me will be filled with something more meaningful. There may be shades of black in my life but other colors have always been there too to remind me that life is a beautiful rainbow".

MARCH

March's training focused on Domestic Violence, facilitated by Iris Hertz, an Israeli therapist, holding a Master degree in Dance and Expressive therapy.

The training explored many different aspects of Domestic Violence, discussing and understanding where domestic violence really stems from and how it's related to ones' personality and history.

March's training has demonstrated that the groups' cohesion and teamwork were developed, thus creating a positive atmosphere, where the participants felt more comfortable in sharing ideas with each other. It is also evident that the training contributed to participants' ability to better understand community members suffering from domestic violence and that they now have appropriate tools for meeting challenges when assisting their significant others and community members, together with  the needed confident to use these newly acquired tools.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question: "Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?"

"Yes, because I learnt more and now I can handle myself and apply it in my work with the community."

"Yes, after every disaster, the aggressiveness of a person arises so domestic violence comes in the home."

"Yes, because now we can help not only ourselves but other people also."

"Yes because there are still a lot of people in my community who suffer emotionally, physically and mentally."

"Yes, the topic is very important as we deal with it in everyday life. The training helps us to easily cope with these situations and to be able to surpass it."

"The topic is very relevant as it deals with the personality of an individual.  We needed to learn how to understand and deal with an individual is what we need in order for us to be pliant, open-minded as we dealwith clients."

"Yes, because there is a prevalence of domestic violence after Yolanda."

"Yes, because knowing oneself  better would allow you to help a lot of people."

"Yes, because many children experience violence not knowing the effects it has on themselves."

APRIL

April's training focused on Chronic Illness in the Family, facilitated by an Art Therapist from Hong Kong, HoiLam Tang, who has graduated in the field of Fine Arts and holds a Master degree in Science.

Chronic illness in the family is one of the common causes of stress and burn out among family members.  The training focused on the two aspects of chronic illness in the family. The first aspect is the sick person- the emotions and effects of being ill, and the influence it has on ones' family. The second aspect is the self-care of the caregiver in the family. The training offered ways of empowering both the ill and the caregiver through self-appreciation and positive journaling.

It is evident that April's training had a great contribution to the CSWD group's knowledge and sense of understanding their community members. The training provided the participants knowledge and practical tools which will help them in meeting challenges in relation to Chronic Illness in the Family.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question: “Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?”

"Yes, because Yolanda did not just cause damage to properties but also many injuries that changed the family."

"Yes, it helps a lot in understanding the feelings of the sick person and how to handle a sick person especially in considering their emotions."

"Yes, because through art therapy, family members may express how they feel towards an ill family member due to the Super Typhoon."

"Yes, because it helps us to cope and overcome problems and experiences we are facing."

"Yes, the training was really amazing because we learnt how to deal with these kind of situations."

"Yes, of course because it is important to know how to accept the reality when one of the members of the family is sick or has illness."

"Yes, it is very important as member or head of the family. There is a way in which we can have a positive relationship with relatives/immediate family members when illness occurs in our family."

MAY

May's training focused on Conflict and Trauma, facilitated by an Israeli Psychodrama Therapist and a theater actress, Orly Lavie. 

The training focused on increasing mindfulness through art and drama therapy and Guided Imagery. 

This was in fact, the last training of the second stage, thus it was also focused on summarizing the 11 months long Family Counselling training.  

May's training demonstrated that by the end of the 2nd stage, the participants felt very comfortable sharing their ideas with the group, a positive atmosphere was created and participates felt they know themselves better through participating in the training. It is evident that the participants feel more confident using the tools and knowledge they acquired.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question: “Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?”

"Yes, because it will help victims find a new perspective in approaching conflict."

"Yes, because it can help and guide me in times of trouble. Now I know how to handle it."

"Yes, because I gained more knowledge and learned how to deal with different problems that I would encounter in the future. This adds a lot to my personal development."

"Yes, it helps the displaced people to become whole again."

"Yes, very much, the psycho-social training opened our minds."

"Yes, the topic is very useful and important. It will be beneficial to our clients to express themselves through acting or dramatization."

"Yes, I can apply it not only to myself but also help others".

"Yes, because it helps me to express the emotions of which I cannot verbally express".

"Yes, I was able to understand myself better. Now I am more open to the fact that each one of us is unique and all we can do is accept it and do what you can."

External MHPSS activities (Apart from the 2nd stage training):

  • Mae, IsraAID's MHPSS Program Coordinator, is facilitating external MHPSS activities in Western Leyte College of Ormoc City and in changing venues according to demand and schedule limitations.
  • Training to police women – during March 2015, Iris Hertez, who was the 2nd stage facilitator for the same month, conducted an additional training day for 12 policewomen working with women who are victims of violence.

 2nd stage graduation ceremony:

During the month of June, IsraAID had its MHPSS second stage graduation ceremony, where 89 graduated received certificates for participating in the Family counseling training.

Ormoc's mayor also attended the ceremony and congratulated the graduates.

24/03/2015

ISRAAID INTEGRATED RESPONSE TO TYPHOON HAIYAN

Leyte, Philippines

 

Background

On November 8th 2013, the Philippines were devastated by what is being called the most powerful typhoon to have made landfall in modern times. With sustained winds of over 200 kph (peaking at 315 kph), typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, killed over 6,000 people, injuring more than 27,000 others, displacing approximately 4 million people, and affecting a grand total of 16 million people. 48 hours later, IsraAID's first emergency team left Israel. 

Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services 

On June 30th IsraAID started its second phase of Psycho-Social support training program in Ormoc City. The program, provides training about a different aspect related to the family each month. The month of January focused on substance abuse, the month of February focused mourning and loss in the family and lastly the month of March focused on Domestic Violence (the evaluation is still in process). The training is being conducted to four main groups, each group is been trained for two days. The program is a one year long program that will address different topics regarding family consulting each month. Each month the same participants will attend the training, who will be from four different departments:

Group 1- Department of Health Midwifes and health workers (an average of 18 participants arrived to the training in this 3 months).

Group 2- Department of Education: teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses (an average of 15 participants arrived to the training in this 3 months).

Group 3 Disaster Responders: police, religious sectors, prison officers, firefighters (an average of 15 participants arrived to the training in this 3 months).

Group 4- City Social Welfare and Development: social workers (an average of 20 participants arrived to the training in this 3 months).

1 - Substance abuse- The lecture and experientials were given by an Art Therapist from Korea, Sunhee Kristin Kim. She is a licensed art therapist not only in Korea but also in New York where she stayed for 15 years.  She worked in the hospital with elderly and also with varied age group who are substance abusers and how its issues affect each member of the family and the family as a whole.

It could be concluded in the summary of the evaluation that the Social Welfare group of participants is familiar with the topic since it is one of the major concerns in society today.  It could also be noted that the topic was very relevant to the city health worker department and the department of education because they are working with a lot of patients and students in the school who are exposed to substances that may result to abuse.

So much learning was taken from the topic on substance abuse.  There were certain issues that need be dealt with when it comes to substance abuse and these are: low self-esteem, feelings of lack of control, loneliness and difficulty making relationships.  These issues in the individual can result to substance abuse.  It is anything that a person needs in order to go on with his/her life.  When a person has substance abuse issue, these materials may tend to control the person instead of the person controlling the material.  It is difficult to stop because it becomes the love object.  His world tends to revolve around it.  People with substance abuse depend on instant gratification from the substance because they cannot tolerate frustrations.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question, “Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?”

“Yes, because people were depressed after the typhoon, expertise of this kind is vital and needed.”

“Yes, because it helps a lot especially in every family to deal with substance abuse problems.”

Yes, because it releases our stress and gives more strength.”

“Yes, because art will make them do something to occupy themselves and forget their traumatic experience and make them realize that there are things they can do for themselves and community.”

Yes, because we were able to express our inner feelings and it refreshes us. It also adds to our knowledge in handling difficult situation that arises as our life goes on.”

“Yes, very much important because this would help us to deal with tragic experiences after yolanda and would motivate us to be inspired to be more helpful and continue to be a role model to our students.”

“Yes because this is useful in handling family issues in connection with substance abuse.”

“Yes because the topic is applicable all the time even when there is no typhoon.”

“Yes since there were many traumatized victims that do not have healthy coping and does not know whom and where to go for emotional help.”

“Yes, because most people after Yolanda have low self-esteem so we need to provide them with ideas on how to overcome bad strategies into a good one.”

“Yes, because after Yolanda many people became substance abuser and there is a prevalence of substance abuse and we are now equipped on how to address substance abuse issue.”

--For participant details, please see attached report. 

 

 

2 - Grief, mourning and loss in the family- the lecture was  given by an Art Therapist from Israel, Esti Avnon-Kalev.  A Doctor of Philosophy in Psychodrama therapy. She was working as a Guidance Counselor in a school in Israel before.  She is also the Head of the Psychodrama training in the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at Haifa University.

It is evident in the evaluation that the seminar presented new ideas to the CSWD group compared to the DepEd and the DOH group who may have been exposed to trainings and seminar related to the topic.  It can also be noted from the evaluation that the participants really learned a lot from the training in terms of knowledge about the topic and especially with the activities given by the therapist because it gave them a new way of looking at loss, grief and mourning in the family and has provided them with tools to help them personally and professionally.

This topic has not been considered very important and is less discussed not only in the Filipino culture but in most of the culture around the world not because it is a taboo but it is considered insignificant by many.  It should be remembered that no one is exempted in experiencing loss because in one way or another all of us have experienced it but at different degrees.  If not properly addressed, this could result in changes of how we look into life and how we react to every situation that we may face in the future.   There are different kinds of losses but the most painful of all is the loss of someone or something that we love the most.

The following are the feedbacks given by the participants to the question, “Do you think that this training is important after the super typhoon Yolanda?”

Yes, because a lot of people suffered from pain, trauma, grief and loss so what we learned today would really help us.”

“Yes, because we can apply the training at anytime and to any person without a typhoon.”

“Yes, the topics are important after the wrath of Yolanda because it helps to ease the pain and trauma experienced.”

“Yes, because in day to day life we can use this experience and help others in dealing with their situation.”

“Yes, because it helped me gain techniques on how to handle one's life after experiencing loss in the family”.

“Yes because it is helpful in times of emergencies so that i can manage my mourning first before rescuing

 other's who are mourning.”

“Yes because we all know that all of us have lost properties and even loved ones. It would help us overcome

trauma and deal with it.”

“Yes,  because many victims kept their trauma within themselves and don't know how to release it.  A trauma

 that is unattended is not healthy for the individual.”

“Of course it is. It helps survivor to understand and appreciate the brighter side of life despite the calamity.  It can somehow lighten their loads-emotional and psychological.”

“Yes, because it will help people who doesn't know how to resolve their problem in times of grief and trauma in life.”

--For participant details, please see attached report.


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Ormoc Training 2
Ormoc Training 2

MHPSS Training in Ormoc City

Ormoc City

On June 30th IsraAID started its second phase of Psycho-Social support training program in Ormoc City. The program, each month provides training about a different aspect that is related to the family. The month of July focused on Adolescence and on the month of August we started the training about neglect and abuse. The training is been conducted to four main groups, each group is been trained for two days. The program is a one year long program that will address different topics regarding family consulting each month. Each month the same participants will attend the training, who will be from four different departments:

Group 1- Department of Health Midwifes and health workers (18 participants arrived to the training).

Group 2- Department of Education: teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses (18 participants arrived to the training).

Group 3 Disaster Responders: police, religious sectors, prison officers, firefighters 18 participants arrived to the training).

In this group more people will be called to the next training, we had some difficulties with the police. Furthermore the army will also be invited to the next training.

Group 4- City Social Welfare and Development: social workers (20 participants arrived to the training).

In each group there are members from the original core team, in total there were 10 core team members in the training. IsraAID see it as important to continue and expand their involvement in the program and their roles in the communities using these tools and knowledge.

To the question "do you think this training is relevant after the Super Typhoon Yolanda" we got the following feedback:

"There are cases of distorted family due to Yolanda. I think it would be a good step to focus on family as a process of recovering from the destruction of Yolanda. Whatever material help we can receive, it will not help us fully recover if our family is unstable".

"Before and after Yolanda this training is very important because this is the issues concerned -the family - the adolescent etc. This topic is very useful in every aspect of how we deal with our personal life and especially dealings with our job - our clients. Thanks IsraAID, this seminar broadens my knowledge and widens my wisdom."

"It is important after Yolanda because many people are so much affected with what happened that up to now they have not yet adjusted psychologically."

"Topics are very useful and this will secure a simple gate way for the learners to recover from traumatic experience after the typhoon".

66 direct beneficiaries

 

 

Core team empowerment

An important circle of empowerment in the program is IsraAID core team that had been trained on January, and ever since had been co-facilitating with IsraAID professionals and conducting independent workshops

On June 11th Agnes de la Pena a member from the core tram conducted two sessions of Psycho-Social support activities to 60 beneficiaries that are part of the program of Department of Trade and Industry. As part of their Livelihood training to micro enterprises that were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. The workshops were held in Tacloban, and were asked as a special request of the Department of trade and industry from IsraAID.

As part of their Livelihood training to micro enterprises that were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. The workshops were held in Tacloban, and were asked as a special request of the Department of trade and industry from IsraAID.

On June 24th Jestel Martinez , a core tem member had conducted Psycho-Social Support session, regarding copying style using the Basic PH model. The session was held in Ormoc city's superdome, and was conducted as part as the Regional Program Coordinator of Patawid, that support families with low income to cope and empower their life. In the three hours session Jestel conducted warm ups, a lecture about Basic PH and practice, to 35 participants. 

On June 14th Gloria Malzarate, conducted a session for 100 mothers, who were divided to two groups. The session was about stress management and coping styles, she combined some lectures and art and experiential activities in the workshop. 

195 direct beneficiaries.

 

Training to Bunk House leader as part of IOM program  in Ormoc City

IsraAID with its holistic view wishes to reach a wide circle of trainees that will be able to wisely use the training materials. Hence IsraAID recognize the importance of training for the care providers as well.

On July 14-15 and 16-17, 2014 IsraAID carried out a two-day seminar for IOM bunk house managers and the bunk house leaders (residences of the bunk house that are the community organizers in the site). In each groups there were 20 participants. IOM and the bunk house leaders are working in the temporary shelter, and working for better management and community life there. Hence the community leaders focused those days on Basic PH, Safe place and Body, mind and traumatic stress.

After conducting the training IsraAID with IOM and the bunk houses leaders shifted to implementation phase. A two hours session was led by leaders of the camps who attended the training. Before the session, a preliminary meeting took place, with each group of leaders of the camp. The purpose of the preliminary meeting was to plan the training. Leaders chose the contents and which games they want to engage in, the times for session and they took the responsibility to convene the participants and guide the activity.. On July 21-22, the meeting and the activity about Basic PH was conducted in Can-antog bunk house to 20 people. On July 26-28th, the meeting and activities were held in Conception Bunk House to 40 people during two days.  The activity was very successful. Leaders guided the content independently and it was clear that the leaders have internalized the subjects they learned in training. In addition, participants greatly enjoyed the games and they were attentive during sessions.It seems that the the experience was a positive experience for the leaders: it improved their sense of self-efficacy as well as the orientation of their group.

100 direct beneficiaries

 

Workshops to girl in "Lynap Center"- a shelter for girls at risk

On July 22nd-23rd IsraAID expressive art therapist conducted two hours session about resilience and safe place. The session was held in the center, where girls are referred after sexual or domestic violence.

The workshop gathered 11 girls, in the ages of 12-18, those girls do not go to school yet, because they are still in danger and afraid to socialize. Hence it was not surprising that the girls were vey shy in the activity, but the art experience helped them to open, and to share a little bit from their troubles.

11 direct beneficiaries

 

Workshop with the Youth Organization "Hayag" in Ormoc City

On July 19th after the request of Hayag- youth organization in Ormoc City, IsraAID conducted three hours workshop to 40 children and youth that are part of the organization. The goal of the activity was to expose them to identify the dangerous and positive aspects in their life, and to give them tools to know how to cope and react when they are encountering those situations in their life. The activity was very successful. It seems that the kids really enjoyed, they played with great pleasure and shared each other in their coping styles. Also it was possible for every child to express himself through art.

40 direct beneficiaries

 

Training Outside of Ormoc City- Red Cross Manila

On June 10th-12th    IsraAID conducted a four day training to the department of social services of the Red Cross, and most of the 24 participants worked in teams of first respond psychosocial support  .Over the three days, it became more and more apparent that the participants experience accumulative stress. Also, it was apparent that the training that they received to perform psychosocial support, was far from enough.

The participants engaged with the expressive arts activities and greatly enjoyed it. The sponge, body map and the personal/communal circles of resources/challenges were the expressive activities that really enabled certain amount of discharge. The additional embodied activities with the stress timeline and enactment of basic-PH enabled them to absorb the content as well.

24 direct beneficiaries

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