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Training In Taveuni To Help Distressed Children

“After the training and awareness programme, the teachers and parents are able to understand the impact of disaster on children and ways on how to address it.” Victims of Tropical
04 Aug 2016 08:25
Training In Taveuni To Help Distressed Children

“After the training and awareness programme, the teachers and parents are able to understand the impact of disaster on children and ways on how to address it.”

Victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Taveuni are now better equipped to psychologically aid their children after a training conducted on their island.

The training sessions were run by an education team from Save the Children Fiji last month.

The organisation’s chief executive officer, Iris Low-McKenzie, said the Psychological First Aid (PFA) training was an integral part of the people’s rehabilitation processes.

“Psychological First Aid is important as it fosters adaptive functioning and coping in a child, and helps prevent short- and long-term psychological problems as a consequence of distressing and traumatic incidents,” Ms Low-McKenzie said.

“It is important that parents and teachers or those that have contact with children be able to identify signs of distress and trauma in children and be able to make the right referral to qualified counsellors for further help.”

She said the training was targeted to guide those who work closely with children on how to assist their wards in reducing post-traumatic stress.

“The PFA training is about providing information to parents, caregivers and teachers to help them develop skills and competences that provide support to children to reduce the initial distress of children caused by accidents, natural disasters, conflicts and other critical incidents,” Ms Low-McKenzie said.

“After the training and awareness programme, the teachers and parents are able to understand the impact of disaster on children and ways on how to address it.”

She said the trainees had also been taught on how to conduct similar workshops in their respective areas.

The training was attended by teachers, parents, school committee members and other members of the community.

Ms Low-McKenzie said PFA training has been conducted for schools in Taveuni, Koro Island, Savusavu, Bua, Lau, Ra, Ba, Tavua and Lautoka.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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