While our staff are already fantastic, it is always important to learn new skills and techniques. Something that has always been close to our hearts at Goodwill is the belief in running a center that caters for the students emotions, as well as their education.
Many of our students come from difficult backgrounds. Neglect is especially common, but often is a result of parents/families need to be away from home for long hours to try and find income for the family to live, rather than a lack of care. The stress that is brought on from living on the poverty line also often results in an increase of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. Understanding that our students often have problems resulting from these issues and finding ways to help them cope is a very important part of our work.
With this in mind last week we joined Bright Minds Asia for some training in Child Psychology and Behaviour Therapy. They discussed different types of abuse and trauma that children can suffer, how this can affect a child, key signs and behaviours to look out for and methods to help children feel safe and supported. We also looked at some key behavioural issues and therapy techniques to help children be in control of their emotions, understand their relevance and how to express them.
The following day we got to have a nice time exploring Phnom Penh and treating ourselves with a bit of a team building after a few very stressful months. After all, a teachers mental and emotional health is very important too!