Mental health trainings with mental health service providers from all districts

In order to enhance mental health services provision by adapting the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) at Home: an arts-based approach for mental health and wellbeing. On the support of the University of Lincoln through Changing story project, UNM with RBC and the University of Rwanda had trained mental health service providers for 5 days, working in all districts and provincial hospitals on arts-based healing models delivered from the combination of Mobile arts for peace@ Lincoln university and narrative therapy.
On the very first day of training, with the help of the game called kwibwirana the introduction was made of all the participants in which everyone introduced his/her self with all introduced themselves before him/her and it was fun and joyful which brought the socialization within and start afresh with other activities of the day

Day 2 of the training involved stress management and relation tools, practicing exploration tools which are story sharing, naming the problem, house of life, a time when my heart was open as well as energizing exercises to help participant regain attention, releasing distress, and changing emotions. It has also included the review of some of the narrative therapy theories and all this with the intention that they will support and provide them to their patients for psychological healing. In addition to that, trained professionals shared with the trainees the experience and the success stories of the models #contextualized arts-based tools and with Rwamagana health center mental health’s client!

The rest of the days the training were focusing on discovering and exploring the psychological problem in which the Trainers within groups practiced a collective naming problem exercises and this is likely to be the main work because when you know what a person is sick of, you will know how to treat him as said that ibuye ryagaragaye ntiriba ricishe isuka (the exposed stone does not kill the spill). This has been followed by several healing tools that involve letter writing, choosing what will replace the problem, story circle, team of life, umbrella of the problem, tree of life, empty chair introduction, emotional circle, and other many energizing exercises that might be inserted within therapeutic sessions.

By the conclusion of the training session, participants had time to evaluate the outcomes of the training through the graduation phases tools that are mood thermometer, take and give as well as preparing certificate and celebration, the last session was full of the plan of adopting the model within their health settings and disseminating the knowledge to their fellow mental health providers, working in health centers that are under their supervisions. It was also emotional as they had a chance to give gifts to their mingos: Best friend to whom they have opened their heart (sharing stories of lives through story gifting exercises).

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