training program – Abilities Networks http://abilitiesnetworks.org/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 12:40:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-4.png training program – Abilities Networks http://abilitiesnetworks.org/ 32 32 From Appalachia to War: Coincidence Links Medical Training Program to Helping Ukrainians Cut Off by Russian Invasion | Appalachian Highlands https://abilitiesnetworks.org/from-appalachia-to-war-coincidence-links-medical-training-program-to-helping-ukrainians-cut-off-by-russian-invasion-appalachian-highlands/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/from-appalachia-to-war-coincidence-links-medical-training-program-to-helping-ukrainians-cut-off-by-russian-invasion-appalachian-highlands/ WYTHEVILLE — Wendy Welch is amazed at how a health professions training program has resulted in a medical survival guide for Ukrainians isolated by the Russian military. Welch, executive director of the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, has helped oversee a program since last year to reunite medical and health students with the Inman […]]]>

WYTHEVILLE — Wendy Welch is amazed at how a health professions training program has resulted in a medical survival guide for Ukrainians isolated by the Russian military.

Welch, executive director of the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, has helped oversee a program since last year to reunite medical and health students with the Inman Village community in Appalachia.

The program has two goals: to educate residents about the nutrition and health care services available, and to teach students to realize that the health of a community is often driven less by personal choice than by services and sources. of food available.

From that effort, Welch said recent cooperation with Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine became the spark for an 18-page Google Docs guide to herbal and pharmacological sources for nutrition and medical care.

Welch said DeBusk students prepare to come to Inman on regular visits to help GMEC with monthly education and community support visits. Mary Beth Bobas, herbalist and nutritionist at DeBusk, recently visited Inman with Welch and Tori Mackal, educational advisor for UVA Wise’s pre-professional health club, to learn about the program.

“We were walking in the woods behind Inman and MB started picking all these edible and/or medicinal plants in the woods,” Welch said. “She pointed out that you can’t pick these types of plants where pesticides are used, but the area behind Inman was perfect for finding and using wild plants.”

While the situation in Ukraine had not turned into a war at that time, Welch said she wondered how Bobas’ knowledge could be used to help Inman residents.

“MB said, ‘I’m a nutritionist, you’re an anthropologist. You get it,” Welch said with a laugh.

This walk in the woods led GMEC to work with UVA Wise plant biologist Ryan Huish on ways to educate Inman residents about their backyard resources. Welch said Inman was not the end of that effort.

“This is an informal group of local child advocates and parents who for years have brought older, abandoned and orphaned children from Ukraine home for Christmas,” Welch said. “Many of the children have medical, emotional and physical needs and the group provides them with the care they need while they are in the United States. They also spoil them by filling their suitcases with useful Christmas gifts before returning in Ukraine after the holiday season.”

Welch said advocates are staying in contact with the children while they return to Ukraine, helping find adoptive parents and continuing care. A prolific knitter, Welch has made several blankets and other pieces for children.

“We had two boys who absolutely adored everything about Spider-Man,” Welch said. “We knit Spider Man blankets for them, and I saw them on the news being evacuated during the invasion. They were wrapped in those blankets.

Two teenagers, Diana and Slav, had their lives turned upside down by the Russian invasion, Welch said. While a lawyer was able to help Diana secure a visa to enter Switzerland, Slav – his real name withheld in case Russian forces see him in the media and target him – remains in the beleaguered southern city of Mariupol by Russian troops.

“Slav can’t get out of Ukraine because he’s of military age,” Welch said. “We have been in contact with him and he is suffering from a facial infection with sores. We asked what drugs or substances were available, and were told vodka and black tea.

Welch said several herbalists and pharmacists began coordinating with other GMEC contacts and the advocacy group to determine what might be available to help Slav and others lonely in the invasion.

“There’s best practices and there’s survival,” Welch said. “We thought a lot of houses there had spice racks, and the herbalists and pharmacists took it from there. Almost every spice rack contains turmeric, which pharmacists will tell you has a variety of uses. We also learned that steamed nettles are like spinach and can help with nutrition.

In Slav’s case, the loose team was able to tell him how to control his infection and treat wounds,

said Welch.

Some of the teenage girls the advocates had helped were pregnant, Welch said, and nettles aren’t safe for them during pregnancy.

“You can, however, soak steamed nettles in vodka for a few weeks,” Welch said, “and after a woman gives birth, you can give them 15 to drops in a glass of water and this gives them the post-natal vitamins.

As the group began to research other plants that Ukrainians could use, they began to learn about botany applied in different regions of the country, Welch said. The researchers found notes from a group of Romanian herbalists that gave them region-specific information about useful plants across the country.

“Chickweed grows in many places there,” Welch said, “and you can chew it, spit it into your hands, and apply it to wounds to help prevent infection.”

From that point on, Welch said, the band members found themselves doing quick translations from Romanian to English to Ukrainian to compile the 18-page guide.

“We compiled information on dandelions, violets, mushrooms and herbs,” Welch said. “Because it’s a Google document, we still have the ability to provide information to people on it. When power is on during the day, people charge their cellphones, and they can download and store the information on their phones.

Welch said the head of the advocacy group, who preferred to be identified only as Misty, contacted Slav Friday about how to treat the fever from his infection.

“Misty is currently teaching Slav how to make garlic paste with mustard and put it on his feet to break the fever,” Welch said. “If they get an onion, they should cut the top off and rub it on his feet and eat the rest.”

Welch said she didn’t expect a monthly nutrition and medical education program in Wise County to produce a guide to wartime survival.

It was the weirdest thing, compiling and translating it all into Ukrainian,” Welch said. “Although people using this knowledge may still feel hungry, they will not suffer from malnutrition. We are here for the long term.

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“Ninja Challenge” fundraiser for Southborough baseball to attend training camp – March 27 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/ninja-challenge-fundraiser-for-southborough-baseball-to-attend-training-camp-march-27/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:40:52 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/ninja-challenge-fundraiser-for-southborough-baseball-to-attend-training-camp-march-27/ by Beth to March 16, 2022 Above: Kids can have fun challenging themselves on a nearby obstacle course while families help raise money for a team of 12 to attend training camp this spring. (images from USA Ninja Challenge website and flyer) As those of you who have been involved with Southborough Youth Baseball probably […]]]>

by Beth to March 16, 2022

Above: Kids can have fun challenging themselves on a nearby obstacle course while families help raise money for a team of 12 to attend training camp this spring. (images from USA Ninja Challenge website and flyer)

As those of you who have been involved with Southborough Youth Baseball probably know, each year the 12-year-old team attends a special training camp in Cooperstown, NY. This year, the organizers are promoting a special fundraiser to help defray costs.

Ninja Challenge Fundraiser for Cooperstown FlyerThe event will take place on March 27 at the Marlborough location of the USA Ninja Challenge. It’s an indoor obstacle course for ages 4-17 that appears to be inspired by the reality show American ninja warriors.

Their website describes it as combining “basic skill sets of gymnastics, rock climbing, cross-training, and athletics.”

Families can register children for a one-hour time slot (first come, first served) for $30 per child. Hours are listed as 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To reserve a time, attendees should email marlborough@usaninjachallenge.com. (To complete registration, click here to pay and here to sign a waiver.)

Those unable to participate can still support the cause through the team’s gofundme page:

12u baseball team (cropped image from flyer)Getting to Cooperstown All-Star Village, the birthplace of baseball, is a dream come true for any Little League player! Historically in Southborough, the 12-year-old team had the opportunity to experience the Cooperstown tournament camp with the exception of summers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They grew as players, as a team and created memories they will always remember.

Our team is now made up of 12 people and has the chance to go but we need your help to raise funds to offset the cost of the team training program and transportation! Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!


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UNESCO and ILO UNPRPD multi-country training program ends on a high note – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News https://abilitiesnetworks.org/unesco-and-ilo-unprpd-multi-country-training-program-ends-on-a-high-note-india-education-latest-education-news-world-education-news/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 04:51:14 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/unesco-and-ilo-unprpd-multi-country-training-program-ends-on-a-high-note-india-education-latest-education-news-world-education-news/ It was all smiles as the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project advisory committees received their certificates of participation after completing the five-day regional induction training organized by the United Nations United for Education, Science and Culture. Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO ROSA) and the Regional Office of the […]]]>

It was all smiles as the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project advisory committees received their certificates of participation after completing the five-day regional induction training organized by the United Nations United for Education, Science and Culture. Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO ROSA) and the Regional Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on March 4, 2022.

The induction training program which started on February 28, 2022 provided the appointed advisory committee members from the 4 countries (Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique) with knowledge on key disability inclusion concepts that will support smooth implementation of the regional project.

The workshop was also an opportunity to remind the UNPRPD Project Advisory Committee of the main objective and areas of intervention of the regional project to combat the prejudices and stereotypes that currently prevent people with disabilities from accessing the development of skills and employment opportunities in the region.

About 70 stakeholders drawn from DPOs, government, TVET institutions, workers’ and employers’ organizations, TVET learners with disabilities, and UNESCO and ILO members from Zimbabwe, Tanzania , Namibia and Mozambique participated in the workshop.
The first day of the training, facilitated by Magdeline Madibela (UNRCO ZIM) and Umbrella Body ZIM FODPZ, gave participants an overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a focus on Articles 24 (Education) and 27 (Work and Employment).
Article 24 of the CPRD speaks of the need for children with disabilities to be able to participate fully in the general education system.

“Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) not only states that children with disabilities should not be discriminated against, but also that they should be able to participate in the education system. general.” – Article 24 of the CRPD

In addition, Article 27 of the CRPD on the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others was also unveiled.

“States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to earn a living through work that is freely chosen or accepted in a labor market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. States parties shall safeguard and promote the realization of the right to work, including for those who acquire a disability in the course of employment, by taking appropriate measures, including through legislation. – Article 27 of the CRPD

The preview also saw the Chief Director for Disability Affairs and Social Development at the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Care, Dr Mthethwa, recount the historical development of disability patterns.

“In the past, people with disabilities were seen as a charity case (charitable model), flawed (medical model), and now in the new realization, people with disabilities are seen as a group disabled by barriers in society (model social),” said Dr Mthetwa of (MPSLSW)

The second day of the induction training further guided the UNPRPD Advisory Committee through the key concepts of equality and non-discrimination where Agness Chindimba (Zimbabwe) and DPOs from Tanzania and Mozambique shared experiences experienced by people with disabilities via an online plenary.

“In some cases, women with disabilities undergo forced sterilization because they fear giving birth to a disabled child.” –Agness Chindimba
Society’s failure to understand the needs of people with disabilities has also been highlighted as the reason for inequality and discrimination.

“Society does not understand the needs of people with disabilities, there is a lot of misunderstanding about albinism which also leads to discrimination and negative stereotypes which are discriminatory.” – Deborah Tigere, Country Director of CBM.

To address inequality, the recommendations suggested that people with disabilities should also have equal opportunities in society.

“Achieving substantive equality requires going beyond mere equal treatment to achieving equality of opportunity and outcome!”

The third day of the workshop started off lively with a demonstration to participants of how to carry out disability assessments in TVET and workplaces before a discussion on audit design and tools.

In addition, the concepts of accessibility and reasonable accommodation in TVET and workplaces, facilitated by Phinith Chantalangsy (UNESCO), were also discussed before case studies from two UNPRPD project countries were shared. .

“Reasonable accommodation means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments, not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, as appropriate in a particular case, to ensure the enjoyment or exercise of all human rights and fundamental freedoms , on an equal basis.”- CRPD Article 2

Moses Mukabeta (UNESCO Education Sector), led the day five discussion on the inclusion of general services in TVET and workspaces. In addition, data issues for inclusion and advocacy and the design of an audit tool also became central.

In addition, Stefan Tromel (ILO), Phinith Chantalangsy (UNESCO) and Adolphus (ILO) then presented and clarified aspects of intersectoral coordination to bridge learning and working environments, and accountability and governance. using the audit tool to improve monitoring.

To wrap up the proceedings, the Albino Association of Zimbabwe, including Deaf Women, and other DPOs in Mozambique explored issues of meaningful participation of people with disabilities, underrepresented groups of people with disabilities, and women and girls with disabilities. .

The two-year regional UNPRPD project aims to support the 4 countries to jointly develop and test models and tools that can help technical vocational training institutions (TVET), employers, employees and training organizations. employers to understand and collectively address patterns of stigma and discrimination. that exist for people with disabilities.

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Futsal coaching lessons on cards https://abilitiesnetworks.org/futsal-coaching-lessons-on-cards/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:00:44 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/futsal-coaching-lessons-on-cards/ the herald Tadious Manyepo Sports journalist RESPECTED Zimbabwean futsal expert based in England, Philip Zulu, is urging authorities to bring futsal football instructors to deliver coaching courses in the country this month. Zulu made a name for himself as a grassroots football coach in Leeds, England, and has since linked up with the Seychelles Football […]]]>

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Tadious Manyepo Sports journalist

RESPECTED Zimbabwean futsal expert based in England, Philip Zulu, is urging authorities to bring futsal football instructors to deliver coaching courses in the country this month.

Zulu made a name for himself as a grassroots football coach in Leeds, England, and has since linked up with the Seychelles Football Federation where he works as a consultant.

And, touched by the difficult situation of football development in this country, he decided to bring in highly qualified experts to teach Zimbabwean coaches lessons based on the philosophy of futsal.

Futsal is a game based on association football, a variant of mini-football played on a hard court, smaller than a football field, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football and indoor football. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

And Zulu intends to bring Brazilian Junior Roberti to lead the Futsal coaching course in Zimbabwe.

“Yes, we want to set up structures for national grassroots development programmes. Super Eagles Futsal (England’s Zulu team) intends to bring an instructor, who is an excellent coach trainer and also a coach with good experience and exposure in the world’s top futsal leagues, to assist in mentoring training coaches and referees who will lead those instituted leagues,” Zulu said.

“This new development aims to raise awareness to a high degree of awareness by showcasing the huge differences that exist in our traditional way of coaching football, which to a greater extent lags behind in terms of solid and comprehensive training. players to master competitive skills, techniques and creative thought processes.

“We will approach the relevant authorities of the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Leisure to try to engage them to try to share, dialogue and agree on the planned training program for futsal coaches and its wider implications for fluid, rapid and strategic development trends.

“Our youngsters have been ill-prepared and poorly coached, so development has been negligible. Our primary concern is to foster a high degree of a robust coaching philosophy that brings out intelligence, critical thinking in terms of results d early learning (early childhood development) and the developmental progression of these young children into youth football where we have a host of issues that have decimated our game.

“We lack gravity in designing modules, activities and programs that give our young people the opportunity to learn, train and adapt to the natural rhythm of their growth as they grow into the tender age of 6 to 9 and 10 to 13 during their formative years. progress in their youthful growth patterns. “We are aware of the Covid-19 viral escalation of new variants, so we have taken a wait-and-see approach in trying to pinpoint the right time frame, but we are planning for this month of March.”

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AIDA Organizes Advanced Capacity Building Training | MorungExpress https://abilitiesnetworks.org/aida-organizes-advanced-capacity-building-training-morungexpress/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 15:42:26 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/aida-organizes-advanced-capacity-building-training-morungexpress/ A section of participants attend the advanced capacity building training conducted by AIDA, development wing of the Salesians of the Don Bosco Dimapur Province from February 14 to 20. Dimapur, February 21 (MExN): ANMA Integrated Development Association (AIDA), the development wing of the Salesians of the Don Bosco Dimapur Province, organized from February 14 to […]]]>

A section of participants attend the advanced capacity building training conducted by AIDA, development wing of the Salesians of the Don Bosco Dimapur Province from February 14 to 20.

Dimapur, February 21 (MExN): ANMA Integrated Development Association (AIDA), the development wing of the Salesians of the Don Bosco Dimapur Province, organized from February 14 to 20 an advanced capacity building training for 31 program managers, project coordinators, project managers and project officers. at AIDA headquarters, Campus Don Bosco, Dimapur, a press release said.

Resource persons were Dr Lukose PJ, HoD, Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, Dr Anna Lungbila, State Coordinator, DDU-GKY Programme, Rev Fr Roy George, Executive Director, AIDA, Joseph Mathew, ME Officer, AIDA, Amika Gurung, Program Officer, CAN Programmes-AIDA, Lanthou Mark Gonmei, AIDA-SBI Gram Seva Program Coordinator and Garrol Lotha, Program Coordinator, Child Friendly Dimapur.

The training covered conflict resolution – effective management with various approaches and skills to resolve societal issues and problems, facilitation and negotiation skills – to manage projects with extreme efficiency and effectiveness, innovation in implementation, ERP to increase community participation, know your project and project cycle management for better project planning and implementation.

It also included various exercises, group dynamics, sharing of experiences and presentations to allow participants to have greater clarity on the programs in progress for a better implementation of these.

Earlier, Reverend Fr Roy George, Executive Director of AIDA explained the purpose of the training. He urged the participants to take advantage of the training by equipping themselves with the skills and abilities required to effectively implement the various programs for which they are responsible. AIDA always focuses on developing dynamic leadership qualities among staff in all aspects of its project implementation. This training program was also designed to increase the capacity of project staff with more relevant skills and knowledge, he said.

The training program ended with a cultural evening.

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JK Judicial Academy organizes training for judicial officers https://abilitiesnetworks.org/jk-judicial-academy-organizes-training-for-judicial-officers/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 18:58:19 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/jk-judicial-academy-organizes-training-for-judicial-officers/ Jammu, February 19: J&K Judicial Academy, under the patronage of Judge Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, (Chief Patron, J&K Judicial Academy) and under the guidance of Judge Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Chairman of the Committee director of J&K Judicial Academy and Judge Sindhu Sharma, Judge Javed Iqbal Wani, members […]]]>

Jammu, February 19: J&K Judicial Academy, under the patronage of Judge Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, (Chief Patron, J&K Judicial Academy) and under the guidance of Judge Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Chairman of the Committee director of J&K Judicial Academy and Judge Sindhu Sharma, Judge Javed Iqbal Wani, members of J&K Judicial Academy Steering Committee, organized a one-day special training program for judicial officers on “Law on Evidence, 1872: Appreciation of Evidence, Relevance, Admissibility, Exhibition of Documents, S. 91- Exclusion of Oral Evidence by Documentary Evidence, Admissions, Confessions r/w S.27, Presumptions, Burden of Proof, Estoppel , Competence of Witnesses, Child Witnesses, Hostile Witnesses, S.165- Power of Court to Question or Order Production, Forensic Evidence, Electronic Evidence” at Jammu Judicial Academy.

The training program was inaugurated by Justice Javed Iqbal Wani, Judge of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh and Member of the Governing Board of the Judicial Academy. Pawan Dev Kotwal, a former district and session judge, was the resource person for the program.

During the inaugural session, Pawan Dev Kotwal pointed out that the aim of the training is to improve the performance of judicial officers and remove inhibitions while applying the provisions of the law in their judicial work.

Judge Javed Iqbal Wani, in his inaugural address, emphasized that the concept of justice is at the center of any trial and that the law of evidence, which has the particularity of being applicable to civil and criminal cases, provides the methodology by which justice can be assured. . He also pointed out that a defining feature of the Law of Evidence is its moral dimension in protecting the innocent and bringing to light the guilty to administer full and fair justice alongside its unique ability to add innovative in line with the changing demands of the times into new introductions without changing its basic structure.

Sanjay Parihar, Principal, J&K Judicial Academy, gave an overview of the program. He said the objective of judicial training is to enhance the professional excellence of judicial officers and to increase their knowledge and skills in all justice administration activities.

During the first technical session, Sanjay Parihar, Director of the J&K Judicial Academy and Pawan Dev Kotwal trained the magistrates on various provisions of the Evidence Act.

Participants were also guided on the relevance and admissibility of evidence in trials. They also discussed in detail the law governing admissions, confessions and the exhibition of documents.

In the second technical session, a detailed discussion took place on the provisions relating to presumptions, burden of proof and estoppel.

Participants were trained on the topics of forensic and electronic evidence and the competency of witnesses, including child witnesses.

The training program was essentially interactive during which the participants deliberated and discussed the different aspects of the subject matter and raised questions which were satisfactorily resolved by the resource persons.

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Start of national training in obstetric ultrasound https://abilitiesnetworks.org/start-of-national-training-in-obstetric-ultrasound/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 11:26:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/start-of-national-training-in-obstetric-ultrasound/ The training program consists of three phases which cover a range of theoretical lectures in the field as well as practical training. Muscat: The third national obstetric ultrasound training course has started. The course is organized by the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in cooperation with the Royal […]]]>

The training program consists of three phases which cover a range of theoretical lectures in the field as well as practical training.

Muscat: The third national obstetric ultrasound training course has started.

The course is organized by the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in cooperation with the Royal Hospital, as well as the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).

26 female doctors working in obstetrics and gynecology clinics in different governorates of Oman are taking part in the training.

The training program consists of three phases which cover a range of theoretical lectures in the field as well as practical training.

Dr. Jamila Al Abri, Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, described at the inauguration of the course the importance of having obstetric ultrasounds performed by a qualified doctor in improving the health of mothers and babies. their children.

Dr Al Abri also reviewed the efforts made by the Ministry of Health in this area since the launch of the Maternal and Child Care Program in 1987, including the provision of ultrasound machines in primary health care facilities. and the adoption of training programs in cooperation with international institutions. associations.

The opening also gave an overview of the training program and presented the requirements to complete the training.

Skills covered during this week will include determining the number and age of fetuses, monitoring fetal growth, detecting ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and fetal abnormalities.

The first phase of the training is taking place this week and will be followed by the second and third phases after six months and five months respectively. Each phase will cover a variety of topics in the field of obstetrical ultrasound.

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Volunteer Advocacy Training Program Supports Child Abuse and Neglect https://abilitiesnetworks.org/volunteer-advocacy-training-program-supports-child-abuse-and-neglect/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 19:37:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/volunteer-advocacy-training-program-supports-child-abuse-and-neglect/ COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Help support children who are victims of neglect and abuse. CASA of The Peak Region is a charity offering a free volunteer training program for those interested in becoming an advocate against child abuse. On February 15, CASA is hosting a free information session and a free lunch will be […]]]>

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Help support children who are victims of neglect and abuse. CASA of The Peak Region is a charity offering a free volunteer training program for those interested in becoming an advocate against child abuse.

On February 15, CASA is hosting a free information session and a free lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. at 1:00 p.m. RSVP is required to attend.

CASA volunteers will undergo an extensive training program before being sworn in as court officers by a judge in the 4th Judicial District.

Upon completion of the program, volunteers are assigned a case with a child or group of siblings and their role is to provide individual advocacy to children who have experienced domestic violence, abuse or neglect.

“What they do is they go and meet a kid a few times a month,” says Keri Kahn, communications manager for the Pikes Peak area. “They get to know the adoptive parents, the biological parents, a therapist, really an adult who has an important role in the life of this child”,

Over a 12 month period, approximately 900 children in the Peaks Pike area require a CASA volunteer.

Volunteers are assigned to an addiction and neglect case and that case will either have a child or a group of siblings.

“Our goal is to serve each of them,” says Kahn. “So we really need more community members to sign up to be CASA volunteers.”

WATCH: My one-on-one interview above this article and find out how you can volunteer.

Copyright 2022 KKTV. All rights reserved.

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Local educators and leaders participate in social-emotional training | Local News https://abilitiesnetworks.org/local-educators-and-leaders-participate-in-social-emotional-training-local-news/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/local-educators-and-leaders-participate-in-social-emotional-training-local-news/ As part of the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health training program – developed by Kankakee City Life Director Aaron Clark and implemented by Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe – the Theraplay Institute began to organize training programs in Kankakee County in 2018. Theraplay is a program designed for trauma-informed schools and follows […]]]>

As part of the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health training program – developed by Kankakee City Life Director Aaron Clark and implemented by Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe – the Theraplay Institute began to organize training programs in Kankakee County in 2018.

Theraplay is a program designed for trauma-informed schools and follows the motto “Building community and connections in your school”.

The first time the program was introduced to Kankakee County, it was held at the River Valley Church and attracted 150 attendees – mostly teachers and local leaders – seeking to learn more about teaching and working with social/emotional skills.

The international program stalled locally during the pandemic and resurfaced Monday at Kankakee Community College, where many professionals from the Kankakee 111 school district — as well as coordinators from local nonprofits — participated in the first of both Theraplay sessions.

Clark was on hand to present the program and noted that “Kankakee County is the most educated community in the world. [at Theraplay].”

He introduced the presenter of the day, Kay Schieffer, specialist and certified trainer of the Theraplay group and former special education teacher. Schieffer developed what are called “sun circles” in Theraplay, which are used in classrooms with young children.

“The main goal is to make children feel safe,” she said. “Children can’t learn if they don’t feel safe.”

Program participants have tried a number of activities in which children participate in Theraplay-trained classrooms. This encouraged participants to interact and get to know each other.

Through a variety of activities that allow children to have fun, build relationships and develop social skills, Theraplay has been found to help young students “reduce confrontation or resistance” in the classroom, according to Schieffer.

The program also works with older children and adults who may have experienced trauma and may be conflicted or suspicious as a result.

“We try to build self-regulation before the difficult behaviors happen,” Schieffer said.

Theraplay is a non-clinical intervention, not a treatment, based on developmental theory. Groups are adult-led and structured; are 99% interactive and 1% talking; serve to enhance group functioning and individual learning; serve to build positive relationships and communities; and support positive sense of self, self-regulation and social skills.

The goals of the groups are to create a sense of safety, to give children the space to be excited about an activity, but to learn how to channel that excitement and form appropriate social interactions.

Theraplay is used in 40 countries and is primarily used by educators and leaders of organizations that care for children. The program is described as “a proactive, intensive, relationship-focused intervention” and is based on natural patterns of health interaction between parent and child.

When in a clinical setting (outside the classroom), parents actively participate in the program. Here, the practitioner and the parents work together.

For more information or to schedule an in-person or virtual program, visit theraplay.org.

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Launch of the new Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games award https://abilitiesnetworks.org/launch-of-the-new-introduction-to-coaching-gaelic-games-award/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/launch-of-the-new-introduction-to-coaching-gaelic-games-award/ A course to introduce coaches to Gaelic games will increase the number and quality of coaches involved in the development of players from the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and facilitate their acquisition of coaching titles. Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 10:03 A course to introduce coaches to Gaelic games will increase the number and […]]]>


A course to introduce coaches to Gaelic games will increase the number and quality of coaches involved in the development of players from the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and facilitate their acquisition of coaching titles.

A course to introduce coaches to Gaelic games will increase the number and quality of coaches involved in the development of players from the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and facilitate their acquisition of coaching titles.

In an important step, this collaborative project has produced a coach education program that will ensure that coaches new to Gaelic games do not need to attend code-specific introductory courses.

This new course will be shared between each of the three associations and will ensure, for the first time, that junior coaches from any of our codes come together and commit to a common programme. Coaches operating in clubs that have different codes, especially One Club model clubs, can now take a coaching course, which is a huge benefit for our volunteer coaches.

Since 2019, the three Gaelic Games Associations have worked closely together to develop this new joint Introductory Gaelic Games Coaching Award or ICGG Award.

In launching this new course today at Croke Park, the three associations believe this approach will ensure that entry-level coaches, whatever their code of choice, will learn and share with each other and contribute to their coach’s development.

This course has been designed to be more interactive and practical than previous introductory courses, with a particular focus on learning by doing for coaches.

Last year, 300 coach developers, drawn from the three associations, participated in collaborative skills development events in preparation for the delivery of the ICGG program in 2022 – with a start date to be agreed when pandemic restrictions allow. .

The ICGG Award course has been designed to help new coaches develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, competencies and values ​​for coaching children, youth or adults.

The Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games award is structured around three key elements:

1.The coach | “Being a Coach”, “How to Coach” and “Preparing to Plan”.

2.The player | ‘Who are you training?’. Whether it’s children, young people or adult players, men or women, they respond to the need to be inclusive.

3.The game | a focus on movement for Gaelic games, skill development and games.

This program will provide coaches with awareness, knowledge and experience related to:

• Why do you coach? | Each coach is an individual, and each will bring their own unique skills and characteristics to our games.

•How do you train? | A set of skills and behaviors that coaches can use in games and practices

• What do you coach? | Developmental games and activities that can be used by coaches and how to structure sessions to hone player skills

•Who do you coach? | The specific players a manager has within his team/group; looking at age, the stages of the player journey they are in, the importance of inclusivity and its impact on their training

At the end of this award, coaches can then choose learning and development opportunities that are unique to them, their needs and abilities with specific reference to the stage of the player’s journey (see graphic attached) that they train.

Welcoming this new ICGG award;

Uachtarán CLG, Larry McCarthy said: “Working in partnership with the LGFA and the Camogie Association, I believe this new introductory Gaelic Games course will have a profound effect on our volunteer coaches. This streamlined and collaborative approach will allow new coaches to focus on how to coach and how to coach well and allow them to maximize their time and the impact they have on player development. Tús maith leath na hoibre, we are told, and that can give Gaelic games a solid footing.

Uachtarán from the Camogie Association, Hilda Breslin said: “We are delighted to be involved in the development of the first collaborative training program within the Gaelic Games family. This collaboration will allow potential coaches within Gaelic Games Associations to come together and learn the fundamentals in a supportive and inclusive environment. We are excited for the future success this collaboration will bring, and I thank my colleagues at GAA and LGFA for their continued support in developing this program.”

Speaking on behalf of the LGFA, Chairman Mícheál Naughton said: “The launch of the Introduction to Gaelic Games for Coaches is another major collaborative project between the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the GAA and the Camogie Association. This is a very important step in delivering coach education locally and ensuring courses are more locally accessible.The benefits will be evident to clubs around the world as this unique course is now offered to trainers regardless of the code they are training, rather than having to follow We would like to thank everyone involved for the hard work that made this happen and we look forward to ensuring that the developers coaches are active across the country and beyond.

Details on the rollout and availability of this new coaching course will be made in the coming weeks. For more information contact.

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