The Child Development Agency (CDA) through the kind sponsorship of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation recently hosted a training workshop aimed at refining the skills of its staff members in providing therapeutic interventions for children in the care of the CDA.
Members of staff from eight government-operated children's homes and places of safety were involved in the training exercise. Trainer Marie Reynolds, a clinical social worker and paediatric psychotherapist, took staff through this first step of a two-part exercise, and will hand over to Selena Dyke who will follow up with a programme for protecting children from sexual abuse.
Both sets of training are targeted at building core capabilities and strengths in caregivers and staff to understand the impact of traumatic childhood experiences in their own lives and the children in their care, in addition to the subsequent effects of behaviour and relationships. This will be done in conjunction with educating them on how to build a trauma-informed therapeutic community and reduce the incidences of vicarious trauma.