Step Up! training teams deliver annual workshops in Rwanda to develop and enhance the trauma counseling skills of counselors, nurses, clergy, and university faculty. We provide financial support to women who generate self-sustaining income through planting crops, raising cows and keeping honey bees. Our goal is to construct a rural health and counseling center to provide on-site diagnosis and treatment to the women and children we serve.
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- May 2006 — 10 hour course in Introduction to Trauma Psychology given to 34 nurses at University Hospital in Butare.
- May 2007 — In cooperation with Solace Ministries and the Tinsley Charitable Trust, Step Up provided advanced training to a group of 11 genocide widows to become lay counselors in trauma.
- November 2007 — Further training of lay counselors to include skills to assist individuals newly diagnosed with HIV. Additional group of 16 volunteers trained as lay counselors. Training session in Kibungo, eastern Rwanda, for 34 Anglican priests in beginning trauma psychology.
- July 2008– In response to a request from the Kigali Health Institute, a Step Up team of experts provided a 10-day workshop in trauma counseling in Kigali, Rwanda as part of a postgraduate certificate in professional counseling.
- July 2009– Step Up team of experts provided a 10-day workshop in trauma counseling in Kigali, Rwanda as part of a postgraduate certificate in professional counseling.