Liberia: Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare launches 12-week training on psychosocial support for survivors of SGBV

Monrovia — A 12-week training course on psychosocial support for survivors of sexual gender-based violence has been launched by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare.

The training which was launched on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 aims to improve participants’ knowledge of psychology and SGBV in their communities.

About 40 people have been selected by the Ministry of Gender and its partners to undergo the intensive training which will take place at the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences.

Giving an overview of the formation, Alfreda Jacobs describes the project as a project destined to change. And impact communities and their inhabitants.

Ms Jacobs said: “The Psychosocial Support and Case Management Training Program for SGBV Survivors and other vulnerable groups is an intensive but carefully designed four month training program for Ministry of Gender social workers. , Childhood and Social Protection who actively respond to cases in their area of ​​assignment.

“The program aims to improve the MGCSP social service workforce and for which the ministry has engaged some of its key partners to train up to 40 of its social service workers in psychosocial counseling and management evidence-based cases.”

According to her, the program was developed based on the high rate of rape, domestic violence, virus deaths and human trafficking in the country.

She revealed that the program was developed with the support of UNFPA in partnership with the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences and the National Social Work Board to provide practical training that will meet the current needs of the population.

“The goal of the program is to have well-trained and motivated social workers working with victims of SGBV as well as those facing SRHR conditions. We hope to achieve this by training 40 social workers with a bachelor’s degree in counseling evidence-based psychosocial and case management at Mother Pattern College of Health Science. It’s not just another training like we always do,” said Ms. Jacobs.

The training aligns strongly with the mandate of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, which is to promote the development, empowerment and protection of women, girls and children, as well as the good -being and integration of people living with a disability, ensuring that their rights are protected, and that they are integrated and that they contribute to and benefit from peace and the advancement of the country. stability and socio-economic.

Speaking on behalf of Ms. Patricia, UNFPA Country Representative, Jallah Scott thanked the Ministry of Gender and Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences for working to launch the training.

“We look forward to you, the participants, using this training and helping survivors of SGBV to be able to embrace life again,”

She called on the Ministry of Gender to see a reason to continue such training in all parts of the country and also think about licensing social workers.

Also speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Gender, Alice Johnson Howard urged participants to use the training to improve their knowledge of psychological counselling.

She thanked the Ministry of Gender partner for their support in addressing sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia.

Joel C. Hicks