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All Children Want to Live a Happy Life
Over 80 years of evidence indicates that orphanages are damaging to children and a poor investment for children and communities. Even in a well-run facility, children do not develop normally. Despite this, some estimates suggest that nearly 6 million children live in institutions and orphanages across the world and an estimated 50,000 in Uganda.
The training videos and accompanying guidebook are unprecedented in their scope and collaboration: They were designed and developed with direct input from youth care leavers with lived experience in institutionalized care, working hand-in-hand with nationally recognized child well-being and mental health professionals. The training focuses on four key areas determined to be most relevant for their care and support: Trauma and Stress, Depression and Suicidal Ideation; Anxiety; and Loss and Grief. Together they address the gap in integrated mental health and well-being support for at-risk children and vulnerable youth in Uganda. Through the guidance provided, you can make a life-changing difference for children and youth!
Grace Atim is a Counseling Psychologist and founder of Springs of Grace Elementary school. She holds an MSc in counselling Psychology and has 28 years experience of working with vulnerable groups in Uganda. Grace has worked in the field of addiction therapy and rehabilitation for 16 years. She currently works with Child's i Foundation as lead Mental health consultant, and Tranquil homes (Addiction Treatment Centre). She is passionate about young people living empowered and meaningful life.
Susan Ajok is a Global Public Health Specialist with specific competencies in child protection, child safeguarding, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, social and behavior change communication, family planning, and HIV/AIDs prevention. Susan has over 20 years of practical experience in Africa working directly on programs for children and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She worked with Straight Talk Foundation, a Ugandan Not for Profit from 1998 to 2020.
Dr. Hafsa Lukwata is the Principal Medical Officer and Ag. Assistant Commissioner, mental health, and control of substance abuse at the Ministry of Health. She holds an MBCHB from Mbarara University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine from Nagasaki University Japan. She also holds a Master's in Public Health at Makerere University. Hafsa has pursued several short courses in demography and population studies, in mental health, child and adolescent mental health, tobacco, and alcohol control. She is currently the National Lead for the mental health and psychosocial support sub pillar for Covid-19.
Phiona Bizzu is an energetic and motivated professional who since becoming Miss Uganda in 2012 has developed a mature and responsible approach to the projects she undertakes. These projects have ranged from working with teenage mothers, schoolgirls, and boys, special needs families, care leavers, and the government of Uganda. Her ability to work with all stakeholders has helped her make a positive impact on the projects she has undertaken.
Mark Mukisa is a qualified teacher, Pastor, and Counselor holding a Bachelor's Degree in Education, a Bachelors's in Theology and Pastoral studies, a diploma in secondary education and has duly attended and completed courses in clinical and Christian Counselling. He has been a Youth Pastor at Watoto for 12 years and dealt with Counselling with youth and their parents. He has spoken in various camps, conferences, and school assemblies including universities. He has pastored a Watoto campus in the East of the city and is passionate about helping teenagers handle that period of storm and stress and helping parents to understand and parent these interesting individuals. He now runs a Counselling and wellness office in Naalya and ministers weekly at Real life church that is 70% community youth!
Maurice Osire Tukei is a Clinical Psychologist.
He is a University Counselor and Lecturer at Clarke International University. He has trained in the field of Psychology starting with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology (BCP), followed by a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSc. Clin. Psy) both at Makerere University, Kampala. He has also trained in other therapeutic approaches, including; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Tf-CBT), Psychological Interviewing, and HIV/AIDS Counseling, among others.
Maurice has practiced in different clinical settings including; International Hospital Kampala, International Medical Centers, and currently at International Diagnostic Center and Quick Care Clinic – Bugolobi where he is involved in Private Practice.
He also carries out Mental Health-related training as well as Clinical supervision.
An introduction to the training series that focuses on four key areas, Trauma and Stress, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, Anxiety, and Loss and Grief
This guidebook highlights the key lessons presented in the training videos, and provides discussion points for group settings.Download PDF
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