Training in ‘ART THERAPY for kids and youths’ for Antardristi’s staff members

To train the counselor, outreach coordinators, residential in charge from the safe home, program manager and reintegration officer of Antardristi on Art Therapy for kids and young women.

Antardristi is working in a really taboo sector, especially in Nepal, which does not help to treat the cases.

The staff is really interested to offer an efficient and adapted psychosocial support to these children and young women, whose trauma is really deep.
As Antardristi is working with sexually abuse children and young women, this training will help its staff to make beneficiaries describe and express their feelings and traumas more easily and therefore decrease their anxiety.

Antardristi has experimented, while working with children and young women, that only doing counseling sometimes is not enough to disclose the traumas.
The team believes that it will be easier if they offer the possibility for their beneficiaries to express their feelings in a different way, without speaking.
It will help them to work more efficiently by using a different kind of therapy.

The participants to the training will be the staff directly in contact with the identified cases; as the counselor, the reintegration officer, the program manager and the residential in charge of the safe home.
The outreach workers are the people who are giving awareness classes in different areas of Nepal. While giving these awareness classes, they also find out cases so their participation in the training is as well really important and will allow them to provide initial counseling there also.

The residential in charge of the safe home will be able to establish a follow-up thought Art therapy and the improvements will be readable with an Art therapy indicator tool.

At the end of the mission Antardristi expects that:
- The staff will feel more confident in their work and they hope to be able to identify quicker the root cause of the traumas and therefore support the cases as soon as they are identified, to reduce their pain, anxiety and their unsafe feelings,
- The staff will be able to develop and organize activities related with art;
- The staff will be able to analyze children behaviour and suffering through Art therapy activities;
- The staff will be able to assess the changes and improvements of the children.
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The trainer will train the staff of Antardristi on:
- Theoretical skills about Art therapy, how to develop Art therapy practices, how to assess changes and establish a follow-up,
- Practical Art therapy sessions to allow Antardristi staff to conduct Art therapy activities:
-> Drawing and painting,
-> Expression of emotion from the drawing;
-> Communication;
-> Analysis of Arts;
-> Color Psychology, etc.
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Antardristi would like a professional in Art therapy, expert in the relevant domain.

The volunteer will work from Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm with flexibility. The volunteer can work on Saturdays as well.
The mission can happen anytime of the year except during the festival of Tihar and Dashain.

From the accommodation place, the volunteer will come to the safe home with the staff by walking; it will take 5 minutes. The volunteer will have the meals at the safe home with the team.
At 9 o'clock the volunteer can have Nepali lunch, which is rice, vegetable, pickle and lentil soup, at 2 o'clock the volunteer will have snacks and at 7.30pm the volunteer will have dinner.

If the volunteer wants to have lunch outside of the safe house, he/she can but will have to inform the staff in advance.
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The mission will be organized for 7 staff of Antardristi.
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They are 6 women and 1 man, between 28 to 42 years old: 1 counselor, 2 outreach coordinators, 2 residential in charge from the centers, 1 program manager and 1 reintegration officer. They all speak English.

- Yogita Chapagain, Master in Sociology (program manager);
- Ramchandra Lamichhane, Master in Public Health, running (outreach coordinator);
- Samikshya Bhujel, Master in Account running (residential in charge);
- Megha Magar, Diploma in Account (Reintegration Officer);
- Rajani Bharati, Master in Psychology running (counselor );
- Rina Shrestha, Diploma in Sociology (outreach coordinator);
- Kalpana Sharma, School level Certificate (residential in charge).

Antardrist staff has already received an expressive Art therapy training for 5 days, where they learnt meditation, observing game, energy exercises, facilitation skills, inside outside drawing, connection drawing, listening exercise and tree of life.
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Antardristi was established by a group of Nepali women in 2003. They started the NGO after their visit to a police station that highlighted that the cases of sexual abuse and their victims were given very little consideration. Indeed, anytime a case of sexual abuse is registered, nobody would seem to be able to address the child or woman’s mental state. Therefore, the founders of Antardristi decided to work on sexual abuse issues by providing psychological care to children and young women, among other things. Antardristi’s mission is to prevent sexual abuse of children and young women and promote improved mental health among minors. It facilitates community outreach activities for teachers, students and communities of Nepal. Antardristi seeks to raise awareness in schools and dispel traditional perceptions such as blaming the victim. It aims to foster social change in the area of mental health, in which the individual is often stigmatized. The organization also empowers and supports child survivors of sexual abuse through psychosocial counseling. Antardristi also understands the need for reaching out to adult survivors of sexual abuse (SA) in order to support them in an adequate manner and prevent any further re-victimization as well as enable them to heal from the impact of sexual abuse. The goals of Antardristi are: - to raise awareness of, empower against and hence prevent sexual abuse, - to provide psychological and rehabilitative intervention for families and survivors impacted by sexual abuse, - to provide outreach and support community integration, following the process of rehabilitation. The current activities of Antardristi are: - Awareness programs in schools, communities in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwanpur Chitwan and Jhapa, - 1 day teacher training in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwampur, Chitwan and Jhapa, - General campaigns and street drama to raise awareness on the issue of SA in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwampur, Chitwan and Jhapa, - Psychosocial and rehabilitative interventions for families and children and young women impacted by sexual abuse. Antardristi has 2 centers and one transit home. The transit home in Kathmandu has been opened in 2007, one center in Pokhara opened in 2008 and one in Hetauda opened in 2010. 3 children/young women can be accommodated in Kathmandu, 15 children/young women in Pokhara and 20 children/young women in Hetauda. By November 2014, Antardristi has rescued 15 children from different part of Nepal and has reintegrated 6 children into their home. Those children whose family reintegration is not possible were sent to Antardristi network organizations. Antardristi is getting funds from Danida (Denmark's development cooperation) for its awareness program for 2 years. For the survivors, Antardristi is getting funds from individual donors both national and international. Antardristi is operating its programs in 20 districts of the 75 of Nepal and received cases from 20 different districts from far Western region of Nepal to Eastern regions. Antardristi employs 14 staff and 2 part times.
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A staff will welcome the volunteer at the airport. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes to reach Antardristi head office in Patan and/or reach the accommodation on the first day according to flight schedule. The second day the volunteer will go by jeep with the team to Hetauda, which is at a 4 hours drive from Kathmandu (district of Makwanpur).
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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The volunteer will be accommodated with the team in a rented home in Hetauda. The volunteer will have to share a room with one woman staff. There will be no attached bathroom. There will be electricity, but not 24 hours as Nepal experiences power cuts every day for 2 hours on average. The volunteer can use an Internet connection in the safe house.
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The volunteer will work in one of the Antardristi safe home where abused children are accommodated, in Hetauda, out of Kathmandu valley. Mostly there will be 18 to 20 children. Most of the children will be in school from 10 am to 4 pm. This place has a white board, computers with windows XP, an Internet connection and video-projector.
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