Several research studies conclude that more than 50% of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffer from some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a result, significant amounts of stress, anger, fear and hopelessness are being passed on to the next generation.
Family Care Cambodia offers training seminars and workshops to equip local caregivers with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills on a variety of topics. Training seminars are presented on creative therapies for trauma healing, interpersonal skills, parenting, teaching and volunteerism.
Participants include staff from local and international NGOs, village women’s groups, Social Workers Associations and student groups. The course recipients serve some of the most vulnerable and needy children in the country. Their desire to learn and develop themselves for the sake of helping others is beautiful to see.
A key to trauma healing for both children and adults is to provide activities that allow them to reframe the traumatic experience in a non-threatening way, and relax, laugh and enjoy themselves. Some ways to accomplish this include: Listen to music; play with toys, blocks or clay; draw and color; dance and clap; read a fun or meaningful story together. Creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere, providing choices, and allowing participants to have fun are important ways to restore a sense of well-being.
A typical seminar includes an illustrated power-point study of the topic’s theory, translated into the local language, followed by workshops to reinforce the theory with various sensory activities like art, music, games, and dancing.
Comments from Trainees
"I can improve a lot through your training, both in my life and my professional work. I loved it! I need to practice more creative interventions to build up the trauma survivor’s resilience.”—S.N., Social Worker
"I received a lot from this training to both build up myself and to help other people. I learned how to recognize and control my feelings and also how to share love and care to the children in my care. This training was so good because it was never boring or difficult. There were lots of activities, good explanations, and I was interested in every lesson!”—S.R., Counselor
"This training encouraged me to change some of my wrong thinking & routines, and to begin some creative ideas to help the children think more positively. It was a help to me personally, too!” S.M., Youth Support Officer
"I will try my best to teach the children what I’ve learned, so they will feel love & learn to overcome & forgive each other and find God in their lives. Thanks also for teaching me how to dance. That made me really happy!”—N.R. Shelter Housemother