The Counseling and Psychological Services program for the girls at the AFESIP Kampong Cham Centre continues to make progress and provide invaluable psychological care and healing. New Day funded Year 1 of this 3 year program in December 2010 and visited the centre in May 2011 along with our corporate co-funding partner, Norton Rose. The program is run and staffed jointly by AFESIP and the Ragamuffin Project. Recent outcomes are detailed below:
• Recruitment of an extremely qualified Cambodian head of psychology department;
• Weekly open studio groups and as needed individual counseling sessions provided from AFESIP psychologist and Ragamuffin therapists at Kampong Cham;
• 50 art therapy assessments conducted at Kampong Cham;
• 171 residents received psychosocial counseling sessions (over all the centers);
• Monthly psychology department planning and supervision meetings have begun;
• Modification of our partnership agreement with Ragamuffin;
• Development of a detailed work plan for the remainder of the year
• Good progress towards creating a comprehensive work plan for 2012;
• Coordination with several international experts on psychosocial care for trafficking and sexual exploitation survivors;
• Gathering resources and training on Cambodian-specific trauma assessment tools and treatment modalities;
• Participation in the 2nd annual Good Practices conference held in Phnom Penh;
• Preliminary negotiations with partners to provide yoga and meditation training for our staff and residents;
• Development and approval of a plan to reallocate funds from New Day Foundation for the meditation gardens to higher priority items at Kampong Cham shelter such as a playground and supplies/equipment for the counseling room.
You can read the full quarterly report from AFESIP here: August Report 2011
We wish all involved in this project the best of luck for the remainder of this year.