Education & Training

Family Challenge employs Master Practitioners (Doctors of Clinical Psychology) to provide professional training throughout the developing world. Family Challenge delivers world leading, scientifically validated, research driven, ethically centered and culturally sensitive intervention packages for communities impacted by war/terrorism, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, child slavery, poverty/AIDS and natural disaster.

Education and training packages are tailored according to the needs of the hosting agency and/or community.

Family Challenge expert consultants in Clinical Psychology deliver education and training for:

  • Humanitarian and Not-For-Profit Organisations
  • Government Agencies and Departments
  • Educators and Educational Institutes
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Churches and Church Leaders
  • Chaplains and Community Organisations
  • Developing Communities (educational forums for Parents/Students)

Education & Training Themes:

Disaster Preparedness and Response (Psychological First Aid)

Family Challenge delivers an evidence-informed approach for working with communities at large in the aftermath of a critical incident.

The objective of such pre-briefing is to equip care agency staff with clinical insight into what to expect and practical strategies on ways to help children and families in the period (days/weeks) following disaster. This educational platform also includes important instruction for the emotional and social support of care agency staff (for the prevention of carer-fatigue and vicarious post-traumatic stress).

Trauma Rehabilitation

The EMPOWER trauma rehabilitation program is a highly acclaimed model designed to help people effectively recover from the stressful and traumatic effects of war, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, terrorism, and natural disaster.

EMPOWER is the product of many years of national and international research (professional clinical trials and training for emotional resilience, published in international scientific journals), has been translated into a variety of languages, and has been successfully facilitated for tens of thousands of trauma victims worldwide. The structured 13 session program is comprised of two parts: (1) Building emotional strength; and (2) Forgiveness and reconciliation.

The program is best known for its:

  • Cultural sensitivity and transferability among diverse ethnic groups
  • Highly efficient and cost effective way of reaching thousands of trauma victims
  • Effectiveness in promoting recovery from varied traumatic experiences
  • Applicability with diverse demographics (children through to seniors)

Mental Health Awareness (General or Specific Pathologies)

Family Challenge expert consultants deliver a wide variety of workshops on general and specific Mental Health topics.

By equipping agency staff with a comprehensive understanding of how thoughts and feelings impact upon immunity and behaviour, agencies are trained to reach out to, work with, manage and assist clientele with mental health difficulties.

Early Intervention and Prevention of Human Trafficking

Family Challenge educates agencies on the risk and protective factors for children and young women in danger of being lured into human trafficking, prostitution, commercial slavery or domestic servitude.

This education and awareness program is ultimately designed to be used by agencies to in turn equip students, parents, and community leaders with insight into the devious tactics of human traffickers, and create collaborative community based strategies to safeguard those at greatest risk.

Developmental Psychology

Based on cutting edge physiological, neurological and psychological research into paediatric development, Family Challenge provides education on the essential criteria children need for healthy development.

Unfortunately, children adversely impacted by (a) extreme poverty and malnutrition; (b) limited access to education; (c) tropical, communicable and sexually transmitted diseases; (d) domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse; and (e) sexual exploitation, child slavery/domestic servitude, often fail to receive adequate care. Practical strategies for the promotion of functional physiological, cognitive, emotional, and social development among children are tailored according to the operational mandate of the hosting agency (e.g., babies homes, educational institutes, orphanages).

Emotional Resilience and Personal Wellbeing

Over the past decade, clinical research programs in Australia have led the way in producing therapeutic techniques for building emotional resilience in childhood and adolescence.

Based on the most current empirical research, Family Challenge has developed an Emotional Resiliency program that teaches children and teenagers in developing nations how to cope with difficult life circumstances (including grief and loss). This program equips youth workers with (a) an in-depth understanding of how stress impacts upon thoughts, emotions, and physiology, (b) effective strategies to regulate unhelpful emotions, and (c) innovative and practical ways to promote true long lasting self-worth in children and teenagers.

Paediatric Behavioural Influence & Identity Formation

Family Challenge expert consultants (Doctorates in paediatric mental health and parenting) have developed a unique, user-friendly program designed to empower parents, teachers, childcare workers, orphan house-parents, foster parents and guardians (not otherwise specified) in simple yet highly effective child-rearing methodologies.

This educational program illustrates the value of promoting behavioural “influence” over behaviour “management”. Rather than exclusively gauging success by how well children behave and perform (what they do), caregivers are equipped with the most effective ways to shape a child’s identity and nurture their purpose (who they are). This culturally sensitive program has been trialled over many years in both educational and home settings around the world.

Staff Well-Being, Team-Building & Peak Performance

Family Challenge delivers corporate training on how people think, behave, and feel in relation to the stress they experience through the context of their work (especially in a cross-cultural or humanitarian context).

This program (a) highlights early intervention strategies for the prevention of personal or corporate distress, burnout and interpersonal conflict, and (b) examines landmark discoveries in clinical psychology research that actively promote personal well-being and healthy staff teams (even in the most challenging of work environments). While at times we may not be able to control our workplace environments, there are ways to ensure control of our own well-being while building collaborative partnerships among colleagues.

For more information, or to enquire about receiving training for your organisation, please contact our Programs & Research Coordinator

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