UNFPA conducts Basic Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training for Counselors and Community members in Dapchi, Yobe State

Damaturu Yobe State

A training session

In line with effecting its responsibility in providing the relevant assistance to vulnerable communities, UNFPA conducted training for counsellors and community members in Dapchi, Yobe State. The purpose of the Workshop was to have a community-centred response to allay the incident of mass abduction and subsequent return of girls in Dapchi Government Girls Secondary School through technical support to the government in introducing PFA to the community membersThe training was divided into the following sections:

·         Understanding GBV and the concept of psychological trauma

·         Ethical considerations in providing PFA

·         Assessing and addressing the psychological needs of survivors of trauma and GBV including referrals

·         Reporting

·         Training  Methodology

Adult learning techniques were adopted to guide the training modules, using lectures, exercises, role play, and demonstrations to relay ideas and points. Much of the emphasis was put on role play and demonstrations and inputs from participants were treated most important. The training was split into two to accommodate different expertise level of already trained PSS  counsellors and the  community members who will be introduced to it for the first time

The two trainings targeted 15 counsellors (from the existing pool responding in Dapchi) and 10 community members considered key by the community leadership.