Treating Trauma & Addiction in Rwanda
RDRC was formed in 1997 to consolidate peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region and the staff have fantastic expertise in their field. In December 2017 the RDRC requested assistance in order to maximise the effectiveness of their newly implemented seven day residential rehabilitative workshop for 348 former combatants.
Many of the young men supported by RDRC have experienced unimaginable atrocities. They suffer severe psychological problems as a result and many self-medicate with alcohol. The combination is challenging to treat.
Brock is providing a ten day training course to more than 30 clinicians who work with victims of organised violence. He is training on a therapeutic technique called Motivational Interviewing (MI) which helps clients to make positive behavioural changes such as problems associated with drug and alcohol use. The training is specially designed so that staff are able to use the therapy with people who have been affected by organised violence, have PTSD as well as alcohol or drug use difficulties.
Our Founders Brock and Katy are working in Rwanda with the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) on a project funded by the World Bank to train their psychologists and nurses who work with traumatised former combatants.
They are also providing training to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses from CARAES NDERA Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, where patients from all over Rwanda are provided with free mental health care. The majority of their clients have been affected by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
“The MI training helps me to help the patients because alcohol abuse is common in PTSD as is cannabis or other drug abuse. This training will help them to change.”
Psychiatrist working at Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital CARAES NDERA
On this project we are collaborating with Anett Pfeiffer of Vivo International to deliver the trauma focused elements of the training.
Together we hope to help support RDRC staff to tackle both the trauma and the addiction side by side. We will also provide ongoing clinical supervision.