Interfaith Psycho-social Counseling Workshop for Parents of Chibok Missing Girls
The counseling workshop was organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in collaboration with International Organization for Migration (IOM), from September 20-22, 2016. The 3 days event held in Jimeta, Yola. 53 participants attended the workshop (29 males and 24 females).
The aim of the workshop was to help in building on existing coping mechanism among the parents of the missing Chibok school girls and best way to manage the mechanism for effective result.
Highlights of issues discussed during the workshop included:
· Impact of crisis on psycho-social well being
· Signs and symptoms of acute distress
· Managing emotion
· Overcoming fear
Participants were allowed to own the process throughout the sessions as room was created for suggestions, questions, recommendations as well as group tasks/exercises.
· Participants shared testimonies of positive transformation
· Participants showed commitment to step down workshop lessons
· Participants/Facilitators Knowledge on supportive communication was increased
· Interfaith relationship was strengthened
· There was relief on the faces of participants compared to the day of arrival
· Spiritual aspect of the counseling process helped to reduce the participants traumatic conditions