Last July, 28 participants gathered for three particularly intensive training days organised by BICE in Santiago, Chile.
3 Tutors of Resilience training days in Chile
The Tutors of Resilience training in Chile that was held from last July 27th to July 29th had been organised as part of the programme initiated by BICE in December 2015. This training was based on its manual “Resilience: from inspiration to action – life stories, reflections, experiences”.
28 BICE network participants met. All were social actors working with children. They came from all over the country, but also from Peru, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, or Uruguay.
Trained people support highly vulnerable children and work daily to defend their rights. They may have to play a role of “Tutor of Resilience” in the lives of these children to help them overcome their trauma and grow.
The training that was facilitated by Veronica Hurtubia Toro, pedagogue and expert in resilience at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, aimed at:
- reminding all participants the main principles of resilience,
- helping better understand the emotions of the children following the traumas they suffered,
- learning how to identify and develop the internal and external resources of these children to lead them towards resilience,
- identifying the role of the “Tutors of Resilience”.
Emphasis lied on the necessary convergence with the 2 other cornerstones of BICE action – the respect of the rights of the child and his/her spiritual life – to best defend his/her dignity.
Develop resilience in children and accompanying people
All participants enjoyed these Tutors of Resilience training days in Chile. They acknowledged the quality of the trainer and the spirit of benevolence that immediately took hold in the group, as well as the specific methodology combining theoretical contents and practical examples. The diversity of the participants (level of experience, age, area of intervention, expertise) was seen as an asset which enriched the discussions.
As a group member noted, “Thanks to this training, I have got new tools which complete the work we have been doing already, and allow to go into the theme of resilience in depth. We have been taught excellent dynamics, and I am going to use them with the youth we are supporting and share them with my colleagues, teachers and pastoral delegates.”
9 800 children are the indirect beneficiaries of this training session. This is an important figure that could be reached thanks to capillary pastoral networks in which these new “Tutors of Resilience” are.