A specialist in trauma-related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing and recovery of indigenous peoples, is in the nation’s capital to help certain people in a healing program.
Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is working with people to train and skill up ordinary people and communities with a violence, trauma and healing curriculum program derived from masters and diploma research studies and programs.
The programs will teach about helping an individual to identify and understand family violence, trauma and healing.
It will also educate on physical and psychological violence; trauma which is helping an individual to identify what they are traumatised by which isn’t physical but hidden deep, which may have much influence on the person’s behavior pattern that can be negative.
It will also help with healing, which is a topic itself that looks at teaching about the methods that can encourage people to engage in activities that can help them heal from violence and trauma.
Emeritus Professor Atkinson’s has been working with indigenous Aboriginals for more than 25 years and is here for a for three weeks. The purpose of her visit is to skill up PNG Healing Foundation’s work force for two weeks to respond to violence-trauma issue in PNG. The PNG Healing Foundation is a group formed in Port Moresby that have members who were trained by Emeritus Professor Atkinson during her first training last year.
The first workshop training was held with the youths at Kaugere settlement in 2013 followed by the second workshop which was facilitated by local social workers who were trained by Professor Atkinson.
The scheduled two week workshop for this month will be held at the Correctional Service Staff Training College at Bomana on March 24-25 and March 31 to April 4.
The workshops and training packages will cover indigenous trauma counseling and working with children. These packages are derived from masters and diploma research studies and programs. Post Courier