The last couple of weeks always seem to come upon us in a rush. To start with there seems to be plenty of time to get everything done and where does it go!
Both training programmes are virtually ended now - so making sure all the course content has been covered has been a major concern. In both training sites the quality of the discussion has been great with people really trying to work out how within the very real constraints of resources and structures they can carry on using this approach.
Lesley has finally got Ethical approval for the use of trainee data for analysis, quite a marathon - it is a very rigorous process.
We had an encouraging meeting at the Ministry of Health and it does seem as though the roll out of Training of Trainers will be supported as far as possible by the Institutions, the Districts and the Ministry. We have made good progress with the ToT trainees at reviewing what we have offered them and clarifying the requirements for the future and for the next stage. Also good progress in structuring the course contents.
Sylvester and Pierre from MHUNZA organised a meeting of their members to reflect on the possible use of a Well Being measure. To check its relevance and language and the feedback has been very useful, Two of the ToT trainees attended that meeting and we will hear from them on Monday. This is something that might be useful in the future as part of getting service user responses to therapeutic art practice and we are grateful for their help with this.
Tomorrow we start the evaluations and assessments and introduce the ToT trainees to this part of the process. Lesley leaves on Thursday and I will be finishing the assessments and holding feedback meetings to keep people updated.
We have just had three days without rain but earlier in the week there continued to be really heavy downpours every day, driving is a real skill in these conditions and the patience and courtesy shown by Zambian drivers is a lesson to many of us!