My View Training Sessions
Norwich Training Day 01/03/2016
As part of our commitment to sharing best practice in our work, the My View psychotherapists give regular trainings and workshops for other professionals working with separated children refugees. This March we travelled to Norwich to talk about some of the psychological impact on our clients of travelling to the UK alone and having to navigate their way through the asylum system.
Around 20 social workers and advisors attended the day-long session, where they heard about ways to work more effectively with young people from many different cultures, suffering from trauma and loss. They also took part in role plays around better ways to improve communication. These raised many interesting discussion points, leading one person to comment that the session had ‘made me think again about how I communicate with the young people I work with’.
The day ended with a creative workshop around reclaiming your identity in the context of displacement. Everyone took part in this with great enthusiasm, making use of all the craft materials on offer to make little paper ‘flags’ which said something important about all the things that go to make up a personality. Afterwards several people shared that they hope to use the workshop in their work with separated children.
‘Love the flag idea, will definitely use this with children’.
‘Role-play very moving and thought-provoking’.
‘Useful thinking about communication including simple comments/gestures and what this can mean to others’.
‘[I will take away] greater cultural awareness to take into my work. Great direct work too.’
‘[I learned to] consider indicators of distress and that communication with distressed children is difficult at times.’
‘The flag exercise was a great example and really well thought out!’