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Training on Adolescent Wellbeing and Mental Health
From February 5th 2017 to March 16th 2017 BIED’s Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing (CfPW), in collaboration with BIED in collaboration with Plan International Bangladesh after ensuring Government Approval from the Directorate of General Family-Planning (DGFP) and the Directorate of General Health Services (DGHS), has recently conducted 6 batches of 5-days Counseling Training session adolescent wellbeing and mental health support in Khagrachori, Kishoreganj and Bogra. The Counseling Training sessions are part of a project implemented by PLAN International, titled, “ Creating an Enabling Environment for Young People to Claim and Access Their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Bangladesh”, with technical support provided by CfPW.
The objectives of the Counseling training sessions were: to facilitate the capacity building of government health service providers working with disadvantaged youths and adolescents coming from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds; ensure youth friendly health services for adolescents who have limited access to sexual and reproductive healthcare facilities, and provide adolescents with a safe space to discuss their issues without shame or stigma. Themes addressed in the training sessions were: psychosocial counseling support; communication and counseling skills; confidentiality; counseling ethics; empathy, etc. A total of 161 participants attended the training sessions, consisting of Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officers (SACMO), Family Welfare Volunteers (FWV) and Community Health Care Providers (CHCP).
The 5-days Training Session provided a sharing platform for both trainers and participants regarding the multi-dimensional facets of adolescent welfare and adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. Participants were engaging and enthusiastic and offered a fresh perspective from the grassroots level. Response from participants was positive as most agreed that understanding issues related to psychosocial wellbeing and SRHR was an important factor in fostering adolescent wellbeing. The Counseling Training Sessions concluded with a shared enthusiasm among most participants with a hope to be part of further training sessions on counseling and other psychosocial issues in the future.