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Trainer in Haifa

Alla Magidson is an ICDP trainer who helped start a kindergarten in Haifa in 2009. The kindergarten is affiliated to the Mofet institute in Haifa and it is still operational. The Mofet institute Home Page – MOFET International – ( is a consortium of Israeli colleges of education and it is  working on improving the quality of education in the country in general. Its mission is to serve as a professional meeting-place and to facilitate a dialogue among colleagues both in teacher education and in other settings in the education system.

Alla worked at the kindergarten without interruption for 12 years until 2019, and during that time she was using the ICDP programme and principles in her daily work with children, as well as running courses for parents and caregivers.

In 2019 and 2020 she continued her involvement as consultant offering advice and providing assistance whenever problems arose, either with children or in interactions between the kindergarten staff. Moreover, Alla also supported a number of families who sought her assistance with different problems related to children.

Alla was trained in ICDP over twenty years ago. At that time, she was living in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where she was instrumental in spreading ICDP to many cities, by working with parents and professionals from different care networks for children. When she moved to Israel, she took ICDP with her and has been putting it into practice ever since.

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ICDP Sweden during the pandemic

ICDP has been present in the country ever since its registration in 2000.  ICDP Sweden continues to be very active under current chairperson Annelie Waldau, with the ICDP programme being used by a whole range of networks and professional groups. 

During 2020, in the absence of physical meetings due to the corona virus restrictions, ICDP Sweden’s recommendation to its nationwide network was to start both educational and guidance groups via digital platforms. 

The policy was that each educator and guide should follow general advice and regulations that apply both nationally and locally. The ICDP training courses were organized over four full days. The first two training days were conducted digitally via Zoom and the other two days were held in person. The Foundation believes that training can be conducted digitally by using a system that is stable and works well with several participants.


ICDP at a day care in Germany

An ICDP course was conducted at the “Kirchenkreis Hildesheim-Sarstedt” day care in Hildesheim, northern Germany.

ICDP trainer, psychologist Rita Crecelius conducted the course for 12 day-care professionals from the “Kirchenkreis Hildesheim-Sarstedt” day care,  which was completed on the 21st of February 2020.

Rita Crecelius explains:

“It is a big church-organization, where I held this training, with up to 60 day-cares:

The participants, mostly day care leaders, were already familiar with the neurobiological perspective, and thus they knew that the brain development of children depends on safe attachment and attuned communication. 

The question was:

How do we implement and cultivate these healthy relationships in a busy daily life under stressful circumstances in the day care?

Together, the leaders are responsible for more than 600 children. As part of the ICDP course, they chose only one child to implement the eight ICDP guidelines for good interaction, step by step. 

During the ICDP training the participants discovered that using the guidelines for positive interaction changed their relationship with the children for the better.

Not only did the children increase their self-confidence, their mood and their social behaviours, but the professionals themselves started to feel better, more satisfied and they even felt rewarded by suign their relational wisdom. Many of them were amazed to notice that by raising their awareness even a little, it facilitated remarkable changes in the child.

Eventually, their staff members got curious: What are you doing there? Why is this child so different? As a result, one day care leader decided to train her entire staff with ICDP, others may follow. In the end, all members of the training were proud to be the first ones in Germany to receive an ICDP Caregiver Diploma.

I am now looking forward to bringing more German day care professionals in contact with the ICDP technology for healthy relationships.”

In the second half of 2020, due to Covid-19 the plans for ICDP training were disrupted.


ICDP Newsletter

The ICDP Newsletter, the November issue is now available to read and download.


Launch of new parenting module in Tacloban city

Zenona Clement Gread is the lead ICDP trainer and Programme Coordinator at the Ormoc office of Save the Children in the Philippines.

She is informing about the official launch of the new Child Sensitive Social Protection parenting module that took place on 15th of January 2020, at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City. The module was recently finalized and printed, after being tested in a pilot project that was conducted in the region during 2019. 

The ICDP programme was included as one the central components in this new CSSP parenting module, called “Pag-unlad ng Bata, sa Kalinga ng Magulang Nagmula – “Parenting: the Foundation for Child’s Development”. 

At the launch, the Regional Director, Marie Angela S. Gopalan gave a very encouraging message after the unveiling of the module.  There were around 60 participants, including: 39 representatives from the Region 8 and 5 representatives from the Eastern Samar Provincial Social Welfare Office; 3 Facilitators; 2 parents, 1 child and 13 members of Save the Children Philippines and partner staff.

The activities included recalling the evolution and development during the making of the module (“The Journey”). This was followed by testimonies of behavioural changes after receiving the module, by 2 parents: a father from Ormoc City and a mother from Villaba. One child and 3 facilitators also bore witness to the positive impact. Their sharing was so convincing and inspiring that the Regional Director quoted some of it as reference for her reflections and insights.   

On the photo above Zenona is conducting a demonstration at the launch, of one parenting session “Introduction to parenting and the concept of Empathy”. This gave the audience an idea of how the sessions are conducted and materials used.

In 2020, the work with the new module will be expanding to other municipalities of Leyte and other parts of Region 8. Save the Children have received a request from the Provincial Social Welfare Office of Eastern Samar for a facilitator level training to take place at their own expense – the module will be their programme strategy to address prevalent issues of parental neglect, teenage pregnancy and children in conflict with the law.  


Photo report from Panama

This report is from the recent training in Panama city.

Click here to see.


ICDP with Syrian teachers and refugee mothers

ICDP is proving of value in reaching Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Three groups of Syrian teachers received ICDP training and one group of Syrian refugee mothers is in process of attending the ICDP course in Beirut. The early results look very promising.

Click here to read the Evaluation Study which was carried out in the three schools run by the NGO Jusoor,  where the programme was implemented by ICDP facilitator Michelle MacDonald.

Click here for more information about Jusoor and ICDP.


ICDP article by a trainee facilitator

A short article about the ICDP programme has been written for publication by the Nuns Welfare Foundation (NWF).

The article was written by German psychologist Rita Crecelius, who is in process of receiving training in ICDP. Her hope is to have her article published in the NWF’s Newsletter and to create interest in ICDP within the NWF. NWF is an interesting organization doing important work, so we hope that Rita’s efforts will bring fruits.

NWF was set up by Ani Choying Drolma. Born in Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents, Drolma’s rise from teenage nun to international music star is the stuff of fairy tales. Her prolific philanthropic work and subsequent role as Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador has earned her comparisons to India’s Mother Teresa.
But with 12 pop albums to her name Drolma is arguably a more unusual, ground breaking figure.

Rather than just relying on prayer, Drolma is using her voice to help needy Nepalese in one of the world’s poorest countries. All of the proceeds from Dolma’s record sales and performances go directly into the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation which she founded in 1998.

Two years later, she opened the free Arya Tara boarding school in Kathmandu, which is home to nuns from poor backgrounds in Nepal and India, and run entirely by female nuns. Unlike at the monastery where Drolma grew up, in addition to religious teachings, the girls receive lessons in English, Nepali, mathematics, science, and computing — subjects to prepare them for careers. Many have gone on to higher education.

Ani Choying Drolma is also Nepal’s first UNICEF international ambassador. Her work focusses on protecting young people in the Asian nation.
“I’m the first nun in Nepal sending children in nuns robes into normal colleges,” Drolma tells CNN. “They’ve never had that type of encouragement before.”

In 2010, the NWF opened the Aarogya Foundation, which provides medical services to those with kidney problems and has successfully lobbied the government to provide free dialysis to poor people in Nepal.

In 2014, Drolma was made Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador. In a country where more than 33.9% of children in rural areas and nearly 9.1% in urban settlements are doing some kind of economic work, she was assigned to protect young Nepalese from violence.


New study of ICDP in Korea

A new research project will evaluate the impact of ICDP in South Korea.

Sangwon Yoon is a doctoral research fellow at the Department of Special Needs Education, at the University of Oslo, Norway. As a PhD candidate he will carry out a research project on ICDP in South Korea. 

The Korean Parents Network for People with Disabilities will recruit research subjects among the ICDP programme participants through their homepages and mailings. The research subjects are an experimental group of 50 parents of disabled children who participated in the ICDP programme and a control group of 50 parents who have not participated in the programme for comparison and validation of the programme’s effectiveness. 

This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the ICDP as an education programme for parents of disabled children. The specific research goal is to evaluate whether the ICDP has a positive effect on the disability acceptance attitudes of the parents of disabled children, parenting efficacy, and the degree of child abuse. A quasi-experimental design will be used to objectively examine the quantified level of change in the disability acceptance attitudes of parents of disabled children, parenting efficacy, and the degree of child abuse before and after the application of the ICDP programme. In addition, focus group interviews will be used to explore the specific changes made in the daily lives of parents of disabled children in terms of their disability acceptance attitudes, parenting efficacy, and levels of child abuse after their participation in the ICDP programme.



Previously, Sangwon Yoon carried out an ICDP project for parents of children with developmental disabilities on the Jeju Island, in Korea. In this project, he held 10 ICDP meetings with a group of 10 parents and in addition carried out a study to evaluate the impact of ICDP on parents. The study involved the control and experimental group, and they were compared before and after ICDP meetings. Three types of scales were used: Patenting sense of competence, the sense of disability acceptance by mothers whose children have a disability, and child abuse. The project report was published by the Jeju Parents’ Network for People with Disabilities (JPNPD) and it was also submitted to the Educational Office in Jeju Province.