JoinTheNet (IV) All Over Europe – Dissemination of material for education and training on health symptoms caused by Violence (PTSD)
Σεμινάρια Ευαισθητοποίησης Επαγγελματιών «Κακοποίηση και Ψυχικό Τραύμα»
For the Seminars was used the followig material:
- Trainer's handouts (bibliography, guidelines on how to conduct the seminar, information about the project, questionnaire for the trainers etc)
- Trainees' handouts (symptoms of PTSD, bibliography, list of organizations offering services to abused women, facts and figures, trauma therapy, risk groups etc) that were provided to the trainees in hardcopies
- Audiovisual material (DVD): a short film sequences combining topic-related information, e.g. physiological brain reaction processes in traumatised persons, with experience-related content, such as (visual impressions of) flashbacks. The DVD provides knowledge about the various pictures of the disorder by using typologies and graphs and it visualizes the perspective of traumatised persons.
The Training Seminars focused on the following topics by using the above mentioned means:
1st Part of Seminar: Domestic Violence
• Definition, forms, consequences, statistics, etc.
• How to screen, assess and document cases of Intimate Partner Violence
• Legal issues
2nd Part of Seminar: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Trauma and PTSD (Trauma, PTSD and Symptoms, Facts and figures, Research history)
• What we should take into account when dealing with traumatized victims of violence? (Risk groups and prevalence, Trauma and brain)
• What helps? Useful information to support victims
• Useful contact details of organizations all over Greece – Guide
Aims and objectives
Implementation of Training Seminars aiming to:
• sensitise professionals for the possibility of traumatisation as a consequence of sexualised violence
• provide participants with information on how to help women victims of abuse
[DAPHNE III Project: JLS/2007/DAP-1/059 – 30-CE-0228055-00/39]
Results and impact
10 training seminars were held, which resulted in 117 trained professionals (109 women & 8 men).
The trained professionals were mainly psychologists (25.9%) & social workers (42.3%). The absence of physicians was evident (only 2 physicians participated, 1 psychiatrist & 1 gynecologist), as well as of lawyers and police officers except of few psychologists working at the Police’s Health Department. Other professionals that participated were: family/mental health consultants (4.3%), nurses (1.7%), speech therapists (2.6%), special educators (1.7%), sociologists (4.3%), students of psychology and social work (4.3%), health visitors (2.6%) and others, e.g. ergotherapists, social anthropologists and administrative employees (8.5%).
The seminars were implemented successfully and found to be highly effective. More specifically, participants were asked if they would recommend to a colleague of them to attend this seminar and 100% of them replied positively. Moreover the participants’ responses mean rate to the question: “what is the likelihood to choose to attend a similar seminar in the future?” (on a scale from 0%-100%) was 91%.
In general evaluation results indicted a large increase in all participants’ knowledge concerning various aspects (e.g. trauma, PTSD, domestic violence) after the end of the seminar, as compared to their knowledge prior to the seminar.
Participants were almost absolutely satisfied by the DVD, the Guide with support services that was distributed to them as well as by the way the seminar was organized. One more indication of participants’ high satisfaction was that the mean rate of their replies to the question: “On a scale from 0 to 10 please rate the degree to which this Seminar met your initial expectations” was 8.8.
Project Coordinator: Therapeutische Frauenberatung e.V. Göttingen Wiebke Landwehr: firstname.lastname@example.org Project's Partner (in Greece): European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)
Stakeholder, Firstname: Antonia
Stakeholder, Family name: Tsirigoti
Duration: 4 hours per Seminar
Nr of beneficiaries: 117
Nuts code: EL3