Care for the caretakers: rolling out a protocol or developing tailor-made programmes on the spot?

Care for the caretakers: rolling out a protocol or developing tailor-made programmes on the spot? Intervention 2010, Volume 8, Number 2, Page 165 – 16

Some western nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have developed protocols aimed at providing care for the caretakers. The authors, three psychosocial workers in an Asian country, show an approach that is more sensitive to the local context than any protocol could ever be. This is done by giving a detailed description of a two-day ‘stress management workshop’ that was offered to two groups of local staff members from an international NGO (INGO). By the end of the workshops, the behaviour of the participants had visibly changed: they were much less tense and more relaxed, and lethargy had been replaced by confidence in their ability to build a new future. They felt empowered by the seminar. During a follow up session three month later, it was obvious that these results had been sustained.

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