BLOG ARCHIVE 2015-19
Well into training
So another week over. It goes so fast! We have had two weeks full training at both UTH and Chainama and continue to be completely absorbed by the directness of the responses to the training both from trainees and the patients who attend in Chainama. Simon as a newcomer has shown great resilience and taken over bits of training,spent a long time reconstituting the raw clay provided for us by one of the trainees and generally keeping Lesley and I focused.
The three people who have joined us in the Training of Trainers piloting have already contributed ideas and responses. This included a wonderful energiser exercise which had the whole UTH group and trainers moving round in a circle rhythmically chanting and having to incorporate spelling our name when picked on. There have been days when the rain has been heavy and prolonged in a way completely different from at home, Simon - who despite advice - did not bring an umbrella very nearly didn't get any breakfast as it was too heavy to get from his room to our house! One training group at Chainama managed to get to the OT building but it would have been impossible to get patients across so the morning was spent very productively in art exercises, reflection and case sharing. Lesley has been gallantly working on the revisions required by the Ethics body and got them submitted - hopefully we will hear on Monday - this for using the feedback data from trainees for analysis and publication. Apart from work we have had an evening in a bar listening to music from a friend's band - great sounds! - a meal with another friend at the wonderful Lebanese restaurant nearby and last Sunday we went out of town a way and saw the orphaned baby elephants at the David Shepherd rescue park. They are entrancing and the long process of re-wilding them once they are fit is impressive. so we are managing our work life balance. Next week Lesley has some work in Chipata and it seemed a good opportunity for Simon to see something of the country - so they are off on the bus on tuesday and Simon is going to spend a night at South Luanga Park. Meanwhile I am left running the training! with the help of the 3 ToT trainees, actually midway through as we are the routine and course content is quite well established. But time will tell. A postscript - I started posting this blog on Friday, only now has the internet connection allowed it!
11/14/2019 02:48:05 am
Mwabombeni mukwai all... fantastic work and too bad about Simon's umbrella! He'd need it back home today too!
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