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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master Thesis
Title Strengthening the Capacity of Helping Professionals to Provide Psychosocial Support to Communities Affected by Armed Conflict: The Evaluation of One Program
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
URL https://dspace.smith.edu/bitstream/handle/11020/5919/ODonnell Thesis.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Abstract
This study explored the transferring of skills, knowledge, and awareness of trainees in a Training-of-Trainers program in Northern Uganda, which was aimed at strengthening the capacity of helping professionals to provide psychosocial support to communities affected by armed conflict. Through the examination of a series of questionnaires administered to the trainees, this paper assesses how the direct transfer of knowledge and skills changed to awareness for trainees over time. This study also addresses how these findings contribute to a greater understanding of the model as well as suggestions surrounding the implications of the transfer of the model across the fields of public health and education to mental health. Findings from this study suggest that the clear transfer of knowledge was held in highest regard by the participants, but changes in awareness and clear integration of knowledge were also evident. Beyond these findings, themes emerged around community building, networking and collaboration which suggests this model has strengths beyond the transfer of skills, knowledge, and awareness.

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