Training of trainers in Finland

A group of ten professionals from the Finnish Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters have been receiving training in the ICDP programme since November 2021, when they attended the first workshop at trainer level.

The second workshop was held in May 2022, and the final workshop will take place in November 2022. After the first workshop they started to train a new group of facilitators, which is part of the ICDP requirement for certification as ICDP trainers.

“At the May worksop the whole group of trainees showed keen interest, as well as a depth of understanding of the ICDP programme . ICDP has been part of the work of the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters for eigth years now. The trainee trainers are all working with an extremely vulnerable population, often dealing with mothers and babies victims of violence or drug abuse and they support them through a range of programmes and activities, including ICDP. There is great commitment in the Federation to maintain the application of the ICDP programme and to extend the coverage. The new ICDP trainers and facilitators will be formed by 2023 who will be able to take the ICDP sensitization programme to many more mothers and children in different parts of the country. It has been a privilege working with this talented group of professionals.” – Nicoletta Armstrong, their trainer.