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Staff training on trauma and attachment
Azusa Pacific University team of Counsellors Tonneka, Kelsey, Chris and Josiah led by their Professor Dr. Chege had a training on trauma and attachment to thirty-three CCP staff on13th July 2019. Josiah started off with an ice breaker where everyone was engaged in a search for a partner to match theirs. Kelsey took the team through on the hierarchy of a person's need which includes; Physiological which are the basic need, Safety that is security. Thirdly, Sense of belongingness and love and fourthly was Self-esteem which is the feeling of accomplishment and self-actualization to achieve potential. ''All these categories are so important for child growth process though one cannot have everything. These determines the attachment the child will have with the Caregiver and childhood experience which is the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES)'', Kelsey explained. She also went ahead and taught about types of attachment which includes; Secure attachment, Delayed development attachment and insecure attachment. In addition she gave out some resilience questionnaire to help the team understand and connect with a child's behaviour. Afterwards, Chris taught on trauma which is a disturbing experiences when left unattended can bring about psychological problems. Chris talked about brain development and its part. He explained about Amygdala of the brain which is the flight part of the brain and reacts very strongly to prefrontal threats which regulates tension. On the other hand, Tonneka emphasized on what to do to help children who experience trauma. Normalizing what they have gone through was one way, provide a safe place to talk about what they have gone through, provide positive experiences, help them in a correct way to experience themselves and lastly but not least can refer the child to a counsellor. Dr. Chege, Professor in charge of the APU team talked about three key questions one should ask themselves before reacting to any child. One is Why did the child act this way? Then what lesson do I want to teach at this moment and three how can I best teach this lesson. In conclusion, Stella Mwangi CCP Managing Director concluded by urging the staff to understand the children as an individual, go for home visits to understand a children better. Stella informed the CCP staff about the availability of referral forms if one notices anything in a child that needs attention then hand them over.
Ice breaker
Tonneka taking the staff through training
Dr Chege training
stellla asking a question
Evans Simiyu seeking for clarification
Listening keenly
Taking notes
Prayer time
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