Botswana training

ICDP training has started in Botswana. Photo above: ICDP trainees wearing custom made ICDP shirt and bush hat.

Masego Katisi, leader of the NGO "Ark and Mark", in Gaborone, Botswana, completed her PhD in Bergen, Norway, in autumn 2016 and at this time she also heard about ICDP from ICDP trainer Patrick O’Loughlin. Patrick is a clinical psychologist at the Western Norway Resource Centre on Violence and Traumatic Stress (RVTS Vest). He went on a fact finding visit to Botswana and discussed ICDP with a wide range of interested local stakeholders. In the end it was decided to start ICDP in Thamaga, an area where there have been reported many problems in families and parents have been seeking support.  

From Patrick's report:

" In February 2017, trainer Chiku Ali (Tanzania) and I ran an initial training of ICDP facilitators in Thamaga, one hour’s drive from the capital of Botswana.

Ark and Mark used their extensive contacts with different stakeholders in the local community and professionals serving the area to recruit 36 participants. These come from a wide range of backgrounds including the regional head of social work and social worker colleagues, teacher-counsellors, local government officials, church pastors, coach of football/sports teams, farmers, grandparents, parents, young parents and youth.

Because of the long distance between the trainers’ base (Norway) and the training site, it was decided to intensify the training and deliver all six training days in the space of two weeks (see figure showing whole training programme). We soon realized that this worked very well. One example of this was that trainees sent in their films of interactions with a child within three days of the first training sessions and we were able to see nearly all the films during the second week.

Some  trainees have had to drop out of the programme due to moving location, job change, pressure of other responsibilities (including the urgent need to tend to farm lands) etc. The majority remain in the programme and have participated in supervision sessions via Skype. These have worked very well, again because Ark and Mark staff have taken a lot of responsibility for all the practical details, including covering transport costs so that all trainees can attend Skype sessions in Ark and Mark’s offices in Gaborone.

We are on target to complete the training in early July and are now planning a concluding 3-day seminar, 10th. – 12th. July, with built in final supervision and some further training on topics such as, trauma-sensitive approaches to working with parents. This seminar will also be used to collate experiences from the trainee facilitators and examples of challenges reported by parents in Thamaga and possible, appropriate solutions."