Am working with a student on building a future course for students, licensed mental health providers, NGO workers to train them on the matters of trauma treatment in international settings with the course goal to take these trainees to a location where they train local trainers to use lay trauma healing measures. I am imagining a course that is primarily on-line (using a course website, discussion board, webcasts, etc.) with some face-to-face time just prior to having the international experience. The course would enable licensed therapists to receive continuing education credits with the ultimate goal that those who complete this experience would be then prepared to replicate it in other parts of the world. Topics would include:
- Overview of trauma symptoms and the things that cause them (genocide, war, trafficking, domestic abuse, rape, natural disasters, etc.)
- Overview of local culture and customs re: health, strength, and medical intervention to ensure culture consistency and avoiding colonialistic approaches.
- Introduction to training lay trainers
- Secondary trauma and compassion fatigue issues
I have two reasons for a course like this: 1. trauma is everywhere, and 2. interventions need to be sustainable (not relying on western therapists to keep doing the direct service) and maintained by local individuals.
So, here’s my question: If you had an opportunity to shape a course like this, what would you want to see as part of the course? What would you want to avoid?