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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Thursday, July 9-  Day 13

Do it anyway

As our week is wrapping up, the various teams spread out again over the city.  Dr. Arveson and Jenner Cotton's teams visited the Youth Training Center (YTC), which is the juvenile detention center that houses boys ranging in ages from approximately 10 to 18 years.  Some boys have committed crimes and are serving their sentence, some are still awaiting their court date, and some are not guilty of illegal activity, but sent by their parents for problematic behaviors.  Woodbrook Pentecostal Church has members that faithfully visit YTC and conduct services weekly.  It was with this group of boys that our team met.  Because of the foundation already laid, the group was very receptive to our presentation about developing a sense of self-worth in spite of negative messages from others, their families, society, and themselves.  They readily participated in the small groups and art project.  All in all, a very rewarding experience.  Operation Salvation focused on informing police officers from the Laventille area about compassion fatigue.  Counseling was also offered afterwards.

At the hotel and conference center, the last two days of training cover Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique that has been proven to be extremely effective in treating anxiety and trauma-based symptoms.  The clinicians and emergency workers were skeptical of the protocol initially, but after practicing with each other they soon recognized the results that they were seeing even with each other.  While Dr. Keyes and Lemuel Williams taught the main sections, the rest of the team members in attendance coached the clinicians as they practiced.  It was very exciting to think that after tomorrow, dozens of individuals in Trinidad and Tobago will have this tool in their arsenal.

At night the team split into two groups with one attending the church for one last evening service that was focused on the youth in the church.  Dr. Harris-Keyes presented on how to be a success- self-discipline, kindness, perseverance, confidence in self, faith in God, etc.  Her presentation was well-received as she talked about her personal experiences in her easy and humorous manner.  The other half of the group finished up the Compassion Fatigue Therapist course, which focused on how to be therapists who assist other helping professionals when they experience burn out or compassion fatigue.

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered,
If you are kind, people may accuse you of having ulterior motives,
If you are honest,  people may cheat on you
If you find happiness, people may be jealous,
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow,
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough,
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."
- Mother Theresa

Amanda N. Trent, Psy.D.

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