This training packet has been developed in response to direct field requests. The materials have been developed, field-tested, and modified based on participants' suggestions. They may be used as is or with modifications. You are encouraged to review it and, where appropriate, make country specific adaptations.
The packet is divided into three units. The first one includes pre-departure and in-country sessions which focus on personal safety issues. All trainees will be receiving Session One during CAST/CREST and countries are encouraged to follow up in-country using Session Two.
The second unit includes sessions for pre-departure and in country training; it deals specifically with rape. Session One of this unit will be offered, upon request, during a CAST/CREST; requesting countries are expected to follow up in-country using Session Two.
The third unit is a design for a 1½-day Volunteer Workshop on Handling Difficult Situations and Peer Counseling. This contains a short introduction to peer counseling, if you would like a more extensive workshop on this subject you are encouraged to look at the Peer Counseling Model developed by Africa's Regional Training Resource Office.
To facilitate duplication of handouts, we have placed all handouts in a separate section at the back of the manual. Please note that the session in which the handout is used is identified in the upper right hand corner of each page.
As with our other manuals, we request your comments and suggestions on how to improve these materials. Please complete the enclosed evaluation form and return it to OTAPS Training Division.
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