Twenty-seven complete psychosocial training

Participants and facilitators for the UWI psychosocial training.

ANGUILLA–Twenty-seven of Anguilla’s Social Services providers, first responders and other providers of psychosocial support have completed a three-day certified training workshop in Post-Disaster Community-Based Psychosocial Support. The training was conducted by Arna Elliott-Rattray, Feona Charles and Kimberly Hinds-Heron from the Social Work Unit in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus.

  Participants included representatives from education, health, community outreach, disaster preparedness, youth centres, prison services, probation, the police, Red Cross and churches. It was designed as a training of trainers and aimed to equip participants with the basic knowledge and attitudes for managing post-disaster, community-based psychosocial support and with skills practice in psychological first aid and supportive communication. 

  The training is part of the University’s ongoing response to the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes and was described as timely, practical and very relevant.  It was organised by the local arm of UWI in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development. The University and the facilitators will continue to provide support to the participants and the Ministry as they continue their community support in the post-Irma recovery and rebuilding stages.

Source: The Daily Herald