Thirty personnels from Samoa Victim Support Group now have an improved understanding of how to support our people in crisis situation after completing the 3-day training on the Crisis Resilience Model (CRM).
Coordinated by the School of Behavioural Health from the Loma Linda University of California, the training was hosted by the National University of Samoa in collaboration with the Samoa Victim Support Group.
It is all about SVSG continuously building its personnel to better support our people in need. And this is the second time since SVSG has been committed to the Trauma Training by Loma Linda University that started last year.
However, this time, SVSG has expanded its reach to include not only its staff, but also program facilitators, SVSG village representaives from Upolu and Savaii, youth members from the SVSG Junior, nofotane women and girl survivors of sexual abuse from the Campus of Hope.
The language barrier did not hinder the learning process for the enthusiastic trainees, especially representatives of village leaders from the community. In fact, according to Fiu Leaupepe, one of the elderly facilitators of the Youth Empowerment Program for young offenders, “you are never too old to learn, and with the crisis situation of family violence in Samoa, we need to continuously learn new strategies to deal with people mostly affected.”
For SVSG and its personnel to be empowered by internationally recognized institutions such as Loma Linda University and the National University of Samoa, is all for the betterment of our service to our people.
Georgina Lui, the Chair of the SVSG Board acknowledges the ongoing partnership with the Loma Linda University in supporting capacity building in specific areas of SVSG’s support services. “Thank you Talolo
Tua Lepale, Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor as well as Dr. Beverly J Buckles, Dean of the School of Behavioural Health of the Loma Linda University for helping us help our people better.”