In consideration of the large
number of children affected by traumatic events in the region, a Working
with Children training workshop was organised and held in Jos from 26th to
28th July, 2018. There were 30
participants from Northern Nigeria – an area particularly affected by violent
clashes, as well as the Boko Haram insurgency.
It is particularly important that those aiming to work with children
should not still need treatment for their own trauma, as this is a particularly
sensitive group to work with.
Participants, who are already working with children, were selected from states
in the north east , the majority of whom had already participated in the other
three earlier workshops:
Consciousness and Resilience TCR (Basic);
- Forgiveness and
Consciousness and Resilience TCR (Advanced)
and were joined by two colleagues
from partner organizations in Kenya.
As the fourth training in the
Trauma Consciousness and Resilience series, Working with Children was
restricted to participants working with children. It aimed to provide first responders with the
information and skills needed to help children who have experienced traumatizing
events to build their resilience, process their experiences and begin the
In previous workshops, a video
showing the life of Tonier Cain (a survivor of long years of every kind of
abuse and with an ACE score of 10) had been used to illustrate Adverse
Childhood Experiences (ACE). Tonier Cain
was able to attend this workshop in person to introduce the ACE study and
score, and to give some notions on treating victims of trauma and abuse with
respect (RICH technique). She gave
inspiring talks on these topics, while being a living example of how extreme
adversity can be overcome, so a symbol of hope.
There was also a public showing of her video which was very well
attended and received.
The workshop was organised by
Carefronting with support from the Global Center on Co-operative Security,
which also arranged for the participation of two Kenyans, in consideration of
the similarities between the situation in coastal regions in the North-east of Kenya
and that in Northern Nigeria.
Topics covered include: coherent narrative; responses to trauma; how
to question children; the impact of temperament; empathy and stress; Adverse
Childhood Experiences (ACE); building resilience in children; listening skills;
child development; establishing connection; child-friendly spaces; techniques
for working with children.
The workshop was very
well-received. The participants particularly appreciated the content, the
methods used and the informal atmosphere of the workshop.