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Archive for October, 2010
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We are excited to introduce a new Community Education Program core curriculum focusing on prevention and ending the cycle of abuse. The curriculum includes education and training for professionals, such as social workers, lawyers, health care providers, counsellors, police and victim service workers. Presentations and workshops on the issue of violence against women and abuse in relationships are delivered to university and college students, community groups, service clubs, church groups and businesses.
In addition to our Shelter services, counselling, and eight other outreach programs, the Community Education Program will educate, require volunteers to make presentations in the community, and is funded by donations.
If you would like to have a presentation at your workplace, church or school, please let us know. Or, if you can help with a donation or to volunteer, please visit our website at www.transitionhouse.net for further information.
For more information about our services, please visit the blog section of our website www.transitionhouse.net to enjoy our 2009-2010 Annual Report. If you wish a copy of our 2010 audited financial statement, please give us a call or visit our website to see a copy posted there.
P.S. Watch for us on CHEK TV this fall with footage from our new agency video and stay tuned for our Fall Campaign.
Week 3 and 4 of Volunteer training focused on the impact of abuse on children.
The group brainstormed ingredients of effective parenting:
• Active listening
• Shows interest can care
• Set boundaries – say no
• Appropriately affectionate
• Non-judgmental and open
• Role model
• No favoritism – makes time for each; make each feel special and cared about
• Teach and provide guidance
• Demonstrate gender equality – balance of power
• Balance friendly and parent
• Have knowledge and wisdom
We discussed how abuse can impact parenting.
In week 4 we met with the shelter children’s counselor and discussed strategies for dealing with behavior issues. Points raised from the wisdom and experiences of the trainees:
• Speak to the child in private – avoid public embarrassment
• Use I messages (I need you to …) vs. You Messages (You can’t…)
• Give time to allow the child to deescalate
• Learn about the child – find out what works for them and be flexible
• Emphasis on positive reinforcement – articulate what you see when something good is happening
• Try Diversion or distraction – change activities
• Provide choices
• Encourage empathy – how would you feel if … was done to you?
• Provide a choice or logical consequences
Plesae see our Curriculum and Resources page to see our newly added publication “Housing Thousands of Women”.