Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2 days workshop on The International Treatment Effectiveness Project with Kim

Between 1st and 3rd September, international trainer Kim from Blenheim CDP, UK took a training session on Mapping. Our CEO, Mr. Ranjan Dhar along with Sangeeta ji, Tushar, Sachin, Nipun and Neelabh participated in the training session.
ITEP (maps) has one aim which is to improve the effectiveness of treatment. Mapping is like a visual communication tool for clarifying information which is shared by the client to his counsellor and it can also improve the communication with a client whose cognitive awareness is dulled. Kim explained the rules of the way mapping needs to be done. She made it clear to us that we need to know a little about the client before we start mapping with him. She also mentioned that we need to understand the power and the dangers of mapping, we need to know when, how and which map to do depending on the client and his state.. One very important thing she told us to be very careful with was never to fit the client to the map, the map has to fit the client and if at that point of time that particular map is not fitting the client, change the map.
15 maps were introduced to us out of which the 1st section “Exploring the self’ was explained in detail and consisted of 4 map themes Strengths, Challenges, Failure (brick wall) and Success which are use full starting points for Clients to think positively about themselves, identifies problems they may have in a number of important areas of life, and because it provides an overview of issues for the client.  Kim asked us to get into groups of 2 and fill in the strengths map with our partners.  The main question of this map was What Are Your Strengths? Which was broken down to sub headings related to social relationships, physical, health and appearance, learning, problem solving, decision making, job and career, ethics, morals and beliefs, motivation and emotions. At the end of this map was a question that asked How Can You Use Your Strengths To Improve Your Life? This map helps the client to become aware as well as have a better understand about his/her strengths and how they can be used in a positive way. The map also helps a client develop a better level of self esteem.

Kim briefed us about the 4 types of maps which are Free maps ,Information maps, Structured maps and Hybrid maps.  The free map was explained and done practically by each of us individually. Free maps - are maps where the counsellor and client work to create maps together freehand, on the problem or issue which is being discussed or could be on anything else that the client wishes to express. She asked each one us to make our own free map and gave us 10 minutes to get it done.
As Sachin recollects his views on the session “Attended this session on Mapping which would be so informative i had never expected. It was like peeling an onion layer by layer, same was the case with this session on mapping it had different layers of valuable information within it. A very thoughtful innovation to get information related to any body and any sort. By attending this session i feel more powerful and confident, because for the first time i saw thing’s from a different perspective and tried to find out solutions for my problems with the resources available with me. This was really motivating and skilful technique for life.”
According to Tushar “I take the whole concept of mapping as one of the most important tools that someone has given to me to play with. Session continued for two days and still I felt that it was not enough. The whole technique enables you to find out the solutions of your problems by using out own inputs to any situation. More over I would like to add to it that it also helps to identify our true self like our strengths, our weaknesses, our challenges, the people who matters in our life the most etc. It allows a counsellor to record all the necessary information about the counselee in a more systematic order.”
It was a very successful session for both our staff and for Kim. Kim who was very patient, co-operative and her method of conducting the session were simply awesome. We really thank Kim for her insights and training. This endeavour with Kim and Blenheim CDP is just a beginning of many more such treatment modalities to take effect at Shafa Home. We are constantly looking for new avenues in the treatment concept for our residents. 
To view pics of the session, please visit our Facebook Page at :https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.523265767837000.1073742245.150155235148057&type=3&uploaded=24