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Volunteers Train For Counselling

Holly Griffith, 30, from New Zealand is in Fiji assisting Fiji Red Cross by training their volunteers in the psychosocial counseling. Ms Griffith works for the New Zealand Red Cross
01 Apr 2016 12:02
Volunteers Train  For Counselling
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Holly Griffith, 30, from New Zealand is in Fiji assisting Fiji Red Cross by training their volunteers in the psychosocial counseling.

Ms Griffith works for the New Zealand Red Cross in Christchurch and gained a wealth of experience providing people with psychosocial support after the horrific earthquake they had in 2011.

“I arrived on day six after the cyclone and have been working closely with Dr Seta (Doctor Setareki Vatucawaqa), the Programmes Director,” Ms Griffiths said.

“We started by training Fiji Red Cross volunteers who were going out to the field in psychological first aid so it’s really important when they are out there in the field talking to people who have been affected that they understand the emotional wounds people have.”

This training has taken places at various branches of Red Cross and there are a total of 69 volunteers that have been trained in the northern, central and western division  volunteers themselves because they are members of the community and they will be impacted as hard to hear the stories that people will have to tell of their experiences so having some ability to hear those stories and being able to deal with them is really important and this is the basis of the training,” Ms Griffith said. This gives volunteers the skill to listen and respond appropriately to a person who has been through a tragedy, she said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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