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 “MENTAL HEALTH AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE”

Training Manual:
Mental health and gender-based violence:

 Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict

 Agenda 14th  -16th  March 2016

 DAY 1: Introduction to training - Trauma and the Butterfly Woman

This training material has been written for the many people who in different ways provide direct assistance to women who survive gender-based and sexual trauma during disasters, wars and conflicts, where helpers have limited or no access to specialized health services

 

Several highly relevant manuals and guidelines cover aspects of gender-based violence, including the prevention of GBV, the education of men and boys, and GBV in emergency settings. The goal of this training is to fill a gap by providing more information on how to engage with survivors of GBV and how GBV, as a trauma, affects mental health. We hope that it will help trainers to identify and understand signs of distress, and deal with the different responses that women display after they experience traumatic events.

The importance of respect, willingness to help and listen, readiness to allow survivors to control their stories, respect for their self-determination as well as, the need to know how to manage closeness and distance, how to give positive support and tolerate silence is important. The training includes elements of theory, but focuses on practical training techniques that directly assist survivors.  We hope this gives helpers tools they can use to assist survivors of gender based violence to rebuild their lives and rediscover their sense of dignity.  NB This is a suggestive time table, if we need breaks more often we will allow time for that, or if we need more time to discuss an issue we will expand the schedule for that.

 Module objectives

1. Introductions and training expectations - get to know the participants.

2. Identify and understand key concepts related to trauma.

3. Increased awareness of the consequences of violence against women and the impact on mental health.

Session

Time ca

Objectives

Methodology

Materials

Introductions and expectations

10.00-12.00

- Words of Welcoming

get to know other participants

- identify workshop expectations, and contributions

- agree on workshop objectives and group norms

- assess existing knowledge on workshop topics

- introducing Human Rights perspective

 

Lecture and Participatory exercise

(Flip chart paper, markers)

 

Bring notepad/paper, and pens for yourself

Lunch

12.00-13.00

 

 

 

Role as helpers

13.00-14.00

 

- What are the characteristics of a good helper?

 

Lecture, discussion

Q&A

 

Exploring key topics and  related concepts

14.00-15.30

What is trauma

Lecture, discussion

Q&A

Flip chart

 

Short break

15.30-15.45

 

 

 

Introducing Butterfly woman Trauma

15.45-17.00

To get to know the story of the Butterfly Woman and how to use metaphor.

To clarify the nature and expression of trauma.

Lecture

 

Dinner  

19.00

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: Butterfly Woman and the good life, triggers (trauma-reminders) and flashbacks

We explain the healing paths out of trauma, and show that the reactions and symptoms are natural reactions and symptoms that are to be expected. Through the Butterfly Woman we can explain methods to regulate responses. Because the metaphor enables the survivor to distance herself, and she does not talk directly about herself, that allows her not to have flashbacks or feel ashamed as she might otherwise. Together with the helper, the survivor will be able to reflect, and not feeling lonely. We will understand how people behave when they experience trauma, and feel less shameful.

 

Having guided the routes to healing after trauma, and provided motives for learning the tools and techniques, we enter a new and practical phase of the training. The participants will learn different techniques, addressing different symptoms, and experience for themselves how we can use our senses to regulate responses in the body, thoughts, breathing, feelings and heart.

 

Module objectives

1. Explain the healing paths out of trauma

2. Through the Butterfly Woman we explain methods to regulate responses

3. And introducing recovery skills

 

Session

Time ca

Objectives

Methodology

Materials

Continue with Introducing Butterfly woman Trauma

09.00-11.00

the Butterfly Woman and the turning point

 

Lecture and Participatory exercise

Paper and pen for taking notes,

Flipchart paper, markers

Break/ snacks

11.00-11.15

 

 

 

Exercising the healing story

11.15-12.30

Retelling the story by using metaphor

Participatory exercise

 

Lunch

12.30- 13.30

 

 

 

Triggers and flashbacks

13.30-14.30

 

Teaching stabilizing skills

Participatory exercise

Flip chart paper, markers,

 

Triggered memories

14.30-15.30

Understanding triggers

Introducing and practicing recovery skills

Participatory exercise

 

Break

15.30-15.45

 

 

 

Recovery skills

 

15.45-17.00

Practice recovery skills in pairs

Introduce stabilizing for tomorrow

Participatory exercise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: Stabilization, reporting, back to community, closing

Discuss further techniques of stabilization. Stabilization is a slow process. We will also focus on how to deal with a survivor’s story without waking up her trauma ex, when reporting. Emphasizing our core elements of recovery and continue practicing the techniques. How can survivors return to society with a sense of dignity?

 Module objectives

1. Repeating stabilization techniques

2. How to bring someone back out to the society.

3. Key issues to bring back to our daily work

Session

Time ca.

Objectives

Methodology

Materials

Recovery skills and stabilizing

09.00-11.00

Practice recovery skills in pairs

Participatory exercise

 

Break/snacks

11.00-11.15

 

 

 

Stabilizing

 

 

11.15- 12.30

- Practice and repeating stabilization techniques

Participatory exercise

Flip chart paper, markers,

 

Lunch

12.30-13.30

 

 

 

Protecting the survivor in reporting

13.30- 14.00

 

To agree some best practice rules when a survivor decides report

Participatory exercise

 

Ending the story

14.00-15.00

The Butterfly Woman returns into society

Lecture

 

Break

15.00-15.15

 

 

 

Using lessons learned

Answering questionnaire

15.15-16.30

What can we bring back?

Evaluate the manual and training

Discussion

 

Closing session

16.30-17.30

Diplomas

 

 

Dinner

19.00

 

 

 

About Trainers

Dr. Nora Sveaass, Clinical psychologist. Ass Professor at the University of Oslo, she is head of Health and Human Rights Info, member of UN Committee against torture. Sveaass has worked for many years with victims of violence at the Psychosocial Center for Refugees at the University Oslo. She directs a research project on transitional justice in Peru and Argentina, and has taken part in the development of the training manual on mental health consequences of GBV and ways of dealing with this.

Helen Christie, Clinical psychologist, special advisor at the Regional Centre for Children and Adolescent Mental Health, East and South (R-BUP). She has long working experience with sexual abuse of children and patients with late effects as adults, refugee children in Norway, children in war zones and trauma. She has taken part in the development of the training manual on mental health consequences of GBV.