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ICDP, a good practice

ICDP is a good practice according the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues. The Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues has published three reports as part of their “Early Intervention for Families” project and in the second report they make references to ICDP as one example of good practice. The “Early Intervention for Families” project was aimed at spreading research findings and knowledge on best practices, as well as creating Nordic networks.

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ICDP with aboriginal people

Heidi Raven has received training in ICDP. She lives in Alice Springs, in the semi-arid desert of Central Australia and is working with Aboriginal mothers and children.

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Project aimed at prevention of gender based violence in Uganda

The ICDP training of a group of facilitators began on the 3rd of April 2014. The four-day workshop was held in Kampala, wheras as the ICDP implementation will be taking place in the rural area of Uganda, covering eight villages. Two facilitators from each village are selected to attend the training. Participants also include the four professionals leading the project. The aim of the Uganda project is to develop a community based parenting programme for early prevention of gender based violence in the country. The implementation of ICDP is part of the overall strategy.

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ICDP in prisons

"Paradoxical correlates of a facilitative parenting programme in prison—counter-productive intervention or first signs of responsible parenthood?" is the title of the recently published paper concerning the implementation of the ICDP programme in prisons.

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ICDP at Oslo University

An international group of fifteen students are in the process of becoming ICDP facilitators at the Oslo University. The students are from Nigeria, Austria, Uganda, Peru, USA, Norway, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Finland, Azerbaijan, Greece, Bangladesh and Tanzania. Professor Berit Johnsen looks forward to future cooperation between ICDP International and the Oslo University Master programe, especially in relation with the follow up of process after the students have finished their initial training in ICDP. (photo: Professor Berit Jonsen with her students)

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Lessons learned in Mozambique

ICDP has been developing in Mozambique since 2003 and the main sponsore has been NORAD. The ICDP Mozambique team has recently written about some of the lessons learned from their ICDP work and there are also stories from the field....

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From Guatemala

Julio Martinez is a teacher who has been working as an ICDP trainer for many years. Most of his ICDP projects are sponsored by Plan Guatemala. He has reached many of the poorest communities over the years and he has given ICDP training to teachers and families in many different parts of the country. Julio has recently informed us that he has adapted the ICDP booklet for caregivers, which has 8 guidelines for good quality interaction...

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ICDP in different corners of Australia

The ICDP trainer Anne Oakley is currently working as a National Faculty Leader for Community Services at the Evocca college in Springwood, Queensland. As part of her day to day job 2000 community services and youth work students learned about ICDP.

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ICDP and SOS cooperation in Romania

SOS Children’s Villages Romania has become a new cooperating partner of ICDP and will introduce the ICDP method to Romania. ICDP will provide the training of a local team to become ICDP facilitators, and they will carry out a pilot project in rural communities in the Bacau region in the north east of the country, where there is a perceived need for educational programmes for parents and professionals.

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ICDP and WHO

International Child Development Programme (ICDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recently re-established cooperation. On 22-23 of July, 2014, Nicoletta Armstrong, the ICDP chair, attended the Technical Working Group Meeting on Parent Skills Training for Developmental Disorders that took place at WHO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

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International workshop in England

An international training workshop was held at Ashridge House, near Berkhamsted, England, 13-15th of September. It was led by Nicoletta Armstrong for participants from Japan, USA, Denmark and Ghana.

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ICDP workshop in Juja, Kenya

Haldis Drabløs Vonstad is a family therapist and ICDP trainer from Ålesund, in Norway. After a visit to her friends in Kenya in 1990 she started to do some voluntary work there. From 1994 her visits became regular  with the aim of supporting the refugee and orphanage centre in Juja, which was established and run by Dominican sisters.

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ICDP at the Envigado educational institution

“Envigado Normal” is an educational institution in Medellin, Colombia, renowned for its social mission, its high standard of teacher training education, as well as high competence in the field of research. On Friday 17th of October, there was a celebration at the “Envigado Normal “, when twenty two students received their ICDP certificates. This is the third group of students to receive ICDP training.

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ICDP at Lar Feliz, Juazeiro, Brazil

Located in the suburbs of Juazeiro, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, the Lar Feliz Foundation serves children from low-income families. These families receive government assistance and are struggling to survive through activities that include trash collecting, cleaning jobs, selling drugs and prostitution.

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UNICEF evaluation

Several years ago UNICEF sponsored a study that evaluated the work of ICDP in the department of Huila, Colombia, which was publicly presented in 2010. This is one of very few studies that we have in ICDP in which adult-child interactions were filmed and analyzed pre and post implementation, both in experimental and control groups. Photo: Evaluator Oscar Solano (on far right) with the ICDP Colombia team.

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Teachers receive ICDP in Georgia

Ana Lelashvili has worked as a special needs educator in school for more than four years and she is keenly interested in community based programmes that can improve the living conditions of children and young people by empowering their caregivers. During the summer 2014, Ana gave ICDP training to teachers at the state preschool # 16 in Tbilisi. 

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Activities in Moldova

ICDP has received news from Silvia Breabin, a professional working with the ICDP programme at the Early Intervention Institute in Kishinev, Moldova.

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ICDP golden grains in Rwanda

"We look forward to add Rwanda on the map of ICDP International as we empower the Rwandan People with the golden grains of ICDP values and themes." - Niwagaba Gilbert, the Disability District Adviser in Musanze District, Northern Province.

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News from England


The photo above  is of one of the participants demonstrating ICDP “in action” by role playing the caregiver in an interactive episode shown on slides. The photo was taken at a recent workshop held near London.

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ICDP Ghana cooperates with Plan

ICDP Ghana has established cooperation with Plan Ghana on a project that will benefit school children with special needs. The ICDP sensitization is combined with a programme that will help teachers identify the specific needs of each child.

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New trainers at Moldova workshop

In order to earn their ICDP Trainer diploma a team of eight professionals from Ukraine and Moldova, implemented the ICDP programme in Ukraine, Moldova and Russia. The Moldova team also introduced ICDP to a group of Romanian specialists.

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"The head found its pillow"

In China, the Women’s Federation has become very interested and enthusiastic about the possibility of implementing ICDP in their country.  “The head found its pillow”, they said, meaning that ICDP fits in perfectly with their organizational aims.

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ICDP trainees at SOS Romania

“International Child Development Programme – strategy to prevent inequalities, social and family violence” (International Child Development Programme - strategie de prevenire a inegalitatilor, violenteisocialesifamiliale) is the name of the project developing in Bacau, 300 km north of Bucarest, Romania.

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380 families attend ICDP in Quito

From the 16th to the 21st of March 2015, the Capuchin Order organized ICDP workshops at the Club Amigó de Cotocollao, in the north of Quito. The ICDP training sessions were attended by 380 participants.

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Ongoing work in Paraguay

In the municipal market area of the capital Asunción, a children's Support Centre was set up in 2008 offering services to children and adolescents from the very poor families. The Centre continues to work and all the staff has been receiving ICDP training on an ongoing basis.

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An overview of activities in Sweden

In Sweden the ICDP programme (“Guided Interaction/ICDP”) has been ongoing in a number of services, including child health, preschool, school, social services and elderly care.

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ICDP in Chicago

The ICDP programme is being used in Kane and Cook Counties with partners such as Chicago Public Schools, Mental Health Services, Children's Home and Aid Societies, Community Organizations, and Faith Communities.

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Embera Chami and ICDP

ICDP has started activities in two Indian settlements in the municipalities of Quimbaya and Buenavista, in the department of Quindio, Colombia.

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The Kids Read Project in Ghana

ICDP Ghana is working closely with World Vision Ghana on a project aimed at strengthening the processes of learning in a number of schools in Kadjebi, Nkwanta, Krachi East and Krachi West, situated in the Volta Region. The focus is on improving children's reading capacity by enhancing the teachers' skills and their interaction with the children.

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First group of trainers in Bacau

On May the 12th, SOS Children’s Villages Romania celebrated the end of the training programme which culminated in the graduation of its first group of ICDP trainers.

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ICDP at the university in Lima

ICDP is starting a training programme at the Garcilaso de la Vega University in Lima, Peru. On the 14th of May, ICDP and the University signed an agreement for cooperation.

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ICDP training in Nizhny Novgorod

On May the 13th, the contents of the ICDP programme were presented to a group of early childhood specialists in the town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The event was followed up by the ICDP training workshop, which was held during the last week of May.

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Humanitarian Foundation for Peace

Fundatia Umanitara Pacea (FUP), a non-political, non-governmental organization founded in 2000 by the Franciscan order in Romania, is a new partner of ICDP. A group of professionals linked to FUP are receiving ICDP training in order to become ICDP facilitators.

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A pilot project in Rwanda

From March to June 2015, Niwagaba Gilbert facilitated a course in the ICDP programme that was attended by parents and teachers of disabled children from the Musanze district. The pilot was approved and launched by the local authorities, who signed an agreement with ICDP.

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ICDP on Ukrainian TV

The work of ICDP attracted the attention of two TV stations in Ukraine. ICDP trainers, Anna Truhan and Sergey Krasin were interviewed about the ICDP training currently developing in the conflict zones of the country.

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ICDP starting in Bolivia

ICDP and the ICEL (Christian Evangelist Lutheran Church) have signed an agreement for cooperation to develop the “Education Project, Family and Community” in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Roda Viva Education project

The photo above shows the team of professionals from Roda Viva. Roda Viva was created in 1981, by a group of people who decided to join forces and work together to help the social and educational integration of families who came to Lisbon from the former Portuguese colonies.

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Association Mozambique

ICDP Mozambique is a fully registered Association and its operation in 2014 took place under the name of “Associação ICDP Moz”.

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Update from ICDP USA

ICDP USA are very pleased to share the Evaluation Report on ICDP USA activities in the past 12 months, mainly funded by the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation and CCWF.

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ICDP London group

An ICDP training project is starting in England,  linked to the SarahNicco Training Centre in north London. The ICDP London group, comprised of three facilitators (on photo) will deliver ICDP to groups of parents from the local community.

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From ICDP trainers in Russia

Greetings from Russia, on the 24th of August we started an ICDP project to train a group of specialists from the social-rehabilitation centres in the Nizhny Novgorod region!

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Progress in Santander

Over the last three years (2013 – 2015), in the town of Charala, in the department of Santander, Colombia, the health authorities have been responsible for rolling out the ICDP programme to the local community focusing on families and children at risk.

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First training in Bolivia

During the second week in August Ilaina Ramirez held a training workshop in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo above shows some of the 30 participants during role play.

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ICDP at Child Friendly Spaces in Ukraine

Since the beginning of June 2015, the International Charitable Fund "Caritas Ukraine" has been developing a new project called "Child Friendly Spaces" (CFS) and ICDP has been partaking in this initiative.

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Conflict matters conference

ICDP has received an invitation to attend the Conflict Matters Conference: learning across the differences, which is taking place in Brussels from 21 to 23 October 2015. 

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Embera Chami facilitators in Cordoba

ICDP Colombia trainer Carmen Lucia Andrade has successfully completed an ICDP project which took place in four indigenous Indian communities in the Quindio department of Colombia: Quimbaya, Buenavista, Cordoba and Calarca.

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A trainer's initiative

An ICDP course has recently been taking place in Mgona, located in Lilongwe, Malawi. It was conducted by local trainers in the local Chichewa language. The last day of the course was on the 23rd of October.

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More dialogue, less violence

An evaluative report of the ICDP project that was carried out in the town of Juazeiro, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, has recently been finalized by psychologist Gleice de Oliveira Cordeiro. 

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Keeping the flame alive

The meeting of ICDP colleagues working in Latin America was a very successful event that took place from the 10th to the 14th November 2015. It was held at the Amanecer International Centre, near Armenia, in the region of Quindio, Colombia. The title of the meeting was “ Keeping the flame alive: What does it mean to live ICDP at an adult-child and adult-adult level?”

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ICDP Russia

Psychologists Oksana Isaeva and Natalia Dunaeva are visiting UK and have just attended an ICDP workshop which was held at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Herts.

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Report from ISNA, El Salvador

The ICDP methodology has been institutionalized by the Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA). ISNA is responsible for the coordination of the ICDP implementation on national scale.

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ICDP for poor sectors of Medellin

A group of professionals who want to do voluntary social work with children and families in vulnerable communities, have recently started their training in the ICDP programme in order to become ICDP facilitators.

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Stories from the field

Stories from ICDP practice in Lugansk and Donbas areas of Ukraine, where the ICDP programme is being applied with internally displaced people, families and children.

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ICDP in Kibosho area

ICDP training has been taking place in the Kibosho area, in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and it is involving teachers, home based providers and parents.

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Progress in Kunming

In 2012, one out of five children in China were left-behind children - over 60 million children. Left-behind children are children left-behind in their hometowns whose parents had gone to work in other cities.

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ICDP testimonials

ICDP USA have just posted on the YouTube several short testimonials about the impact of the ICDP programme.

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ICDP Center in Denmark

There are twelve ICDP trainers at the Danish Centre for ICDP. The educators are independent consultants or they may be employed by different educational institutions and healthcare centers. During 2015 the Centre certified nearly 600 people in ICDP at levels 1 and 2.

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Facilitators complete training at FUP

The Fundatia Umanitara Pacea (FUP)  is a non-political, non-governmental organization founded in 2000 by the Franciscan order. FUP works for the benefit of poor families in and around the city of Roman, in Romania, where more than 80% of the families belong to the Roma ethnic group.

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Facilitators in St Petersburg

An ICDP workshop took place at the Early Intervention Institute in St Petersburg and it was attended by ten professionals who will become ICDP facilitators. Photo: participants of the workshop

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ICDP training in Addis Ababa

My Sisters is an independent, non-governmental organization, offering assistance to poor women and their children in the Makanissa area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Pilot project in Norway

The Norwegian Government has been focusing on ways to prevent social and health related problems in children and families, which are seen to be on the increase.  In this context, the ICDP programme was included in the plans and strategies of the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

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Developing actions, achieving dreams

In Cañasgordas, Antioquia, Colombia, the ICDP programme is promoted by Health Centres through the devoted work of two directors Sergio Mauricio Osorio Ospina and María Victoria Cardona Ospina, both ICDP trainers.

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Partnership with Callescuela

In Asuncion, Paraguay, the Vida Plena Foundation established strong links with the Callescuela Association and they hope to reach more families with the ICDP programme by joining forces to widen the coverage in the country.

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Antioquia study

A new study about ICDP was prepared by Santiago Morales, a researcher and ICDP trainer at the FUNLAM University in Medellin.

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Progress in Caldas and Quindio

After a successful pilot project that was carried out last year in 4 Embera Chami indigenous Indian communities, ICDP gained the trust and support from the community leaders who asked for more ICDP training.

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Great interest in ICDP in Zambia

ICDP has only recently started to develop in Lusaka, but already there is a strong commitment to continue to use the ICDP method and to expand the work widely in the future. 

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Education project in Bolivia

ICDP and ICEL (Christian Evangelist Lutheran Church) are cooperating on the development of the project called “Education Project, Family and Community”.

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ICDP for Envigado Zone 10

The new administration in the municipality of Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia, is committed to create conditions for all its inhabitants to "live better".

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ICDP in Lebanon

An ICDP project will soon be starting in Lebanon, in connection with the work of the Jusoor organization.

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ICDP multidisciplinary project

ICDP has been working with several international consultants from different partner organizations in Canada and Peru to develop a project proposal for a new ICDP multidisciplinary project in Lima, Peru.

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