The nature of Challenging Heights’ work may often prove difficult for the staff as well as the beneficiaries of Challenging Heights programs. Many children have been in an experience that has taken away part of the innocence of being a child and they need staff support to ensure they continue to feel loved, protected, and get the rights they deserve.
Through several small group trainings, Challenging Heights staff has now completed a five-day, professional development course covering basic psychological concepts led by Vice President for Psychosocial programming and Survivor Support.
The course was designed to educate CH staff on child development, understanding the impact of traumatic events, attachment theory, basic counselling skills, behaviour management techniques, conflict resolution, and stress management.
The teachings offered hands on lessons and small group exercises allowing staff to share experiences and learn together. Throughout the course, staff acquired more knowledge and techniques that have better prepared them for the work Challenging Heights does. By the end of the course, everyone felt they gained immense knowledge and practical skills from the training and that their work would improve because of it.
Most importantly the staff learned about the resilience of human beings; the resilience children have to continue moving forward despite of hardship.