Preparations for a training for caregivers in mental health

Next weekend will be the date for the first National Care Givers' Training Workshop by Bapu Trust in India. By signing and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) India took on obligations to respect the human rights of all people with disabilities, including those living with long term mental health conditions (psychosocial disability). The training will try to help natural and professional care givers understand what they can do in their everydays to implement CRPD.

Today I visited the venue of the Workshop, an amazing organisation called BAIF. This was the first time I used an autorickshaw (see photo). Here follows BAIF's brief introduction based on their website.(http://www.baif.org.in/aspx_pages/about_us.asp)

BAIF Development Research Foundation
committed to
Sustainable Rural Development, Food Security and Clean Environment

Mahatma Gandhi visited Urulikanchan, a backward village near Pune, in 1946 to establish a Nature Cure Centre. His trusted disciple Manibhai Desai who was assigned the responsibility of management worked closely with the villagers to tackle their problems. He established the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), a non-profit, Public Charitable Trust in 1967 to replicate his experiences in rural development. BAIF has now been renamed as BAIF Development Research Foundation.

BAIF's Mission is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgradation of skills and capabilities with community participation. BAIF is a non-political, secular and professionally managed organisation.

To address the problems of the poor families who live in a heterogeneous society, BAIF has developed the following strategy:
* Consider each BPL family as the unit of development* Multi-disciplinary village cluster development approach for socio economic development* Blend development with applied research and training* Promotion of people's organisations for programme implementation and sustainability* Ensure empowerment of women, education and community health for better quality of life* Integrate environmental protection with livelihood programmes

Various programmes are implemented by BAIF and its Associate Organisations in more than 45,000 villages in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand.

National Care Givers’ Training Workshop
The Bapu Trust, 27th & 28th June, Pune.


Sess. 1
10-10.15 AM
Introduction of participants & ground rules

Key note address
The key note address will address the philosophy and framework to the training
Flow of the Training
Gabor Gombos
10.30-11 AM
Care givers’ experiences
This session will bring forward core experiences of care givers in a guided manner

Tea Break

Sess. 2
11.15-1 PM
Negotiating values
Through experiential exercises, role play and group work, the training group will learn to recognize value conflict in their relationships

Lunch Break

2 PM – 4 PM
Concepts in self advocacy
The session will introduce the principles and concepts in mental health self advocacy
Gabor Gombos

Tea Break
4.15 PM – 5 PM
Issues for the day
A concluding session which will address conflicted areas and consolidate learnings
Home work and plans for the next day
Gabor and Bhargavi

Day 2
Sess. 3
9.30- 10.30 AM
Film footage on indigenous healing
To consolidate strengths of family and culture as a vital source of support and solidarity
Bhargavi and Gabor

Tea Break

Sess. 4
11 – 1 PM
Scripting agency
Working in groups to identify strengths and take forward steps
Gabor and Bhargavi
1-2 PM
Lunch Break
2-3.30 PM
Summary presentation and resolutions
Gabor Gombos
Tea Break
3.45- 5 PM

Concluding session
Internalising learnings from the training
Gabor and Bhargavi

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