FOur Day Training Program

Jordan

March 26 to 29th, 2018

WHERE:  Ajloun Forest Reserve, Jordan. Click here to learn more about the beautiful venue. 

WHEN:   Four day (3 nights) Residential Training Program,            Monday March 26th - Thursday 29th 2018.  

WHO:   This training program is open to staff (national or expatriate) of national NGOs, International NGOs & UN agencies. Almost no-one involved in the response is immune from the chronic stress of working on the Syria response. As a result, we welcome field staff, leadership and staff from across all roles. We also welcome Human Rights Defenders and Journalists working in the region. 

TRAINING DETAILS:  This four day (3 night) residential training program has been specifically designed to help humanitarian aid workers combat the psychological effects of the chronic stress they experience working on the Syria response. 

CBR Success in Jordan: After successful programs in December 2016 and 2017, this will be the first CBR Project training we will run in the Middle East in 2018. Our success in the regions was built on five years of experience delivering this four day program in Africa, Europe and the United States. 

Aid workers from Pakistan, Iraq, Jordan and Syria collaborate during a CBR Training exercise. Amman, Jordan, December 2016  (Source: CBR)

Aid workers from Pakistan, Iraq, Jordan and Syria collaborate during a CBR Training exercise. Amman, Jordan, December 2016  (Source: CBR)

PROVEN SIMPLE STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS 

Psychological stress is widely recognized as a major contributor to absenteeism, high staff turnover, poor  morale and reduced productivity at work. Stress has also been shown to significantly impair memory and the ability to learn. The CBR Project approach is based on the enormous body of medical evidence showing that mindfulness, meditation and yoga-inspired stretching and breathing exercises help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression as well as increase stress-management, self-awareness, creative thinking and concentration. 

"The most significant thing I learned from this training is how much I missed and needed this sense of community and connection. I really do think the isolating/lonely aspects of this line of work are the most difficult and draining parts of it for me. There is simply no room to stand and say ‘I’m overwhelmed and need a break’ during an emergency. And it’s always an emergency."  
Current aid worker and CBR Training Alumni

TRAINING METHODOLOGY

The CBR Project Training program provides education and practical tools for stress management, and helps aid workers individuals and organizations to open up a necessary conversation about mental health, stress, PTSD and burnout. The program breaks down stigma and encourages colleagues to discuss more openly how they are feeling, and what can be done practically to create more personal resilience and peer-to-peer support. 

Psychosocial of Stress: Led by a trained psychotherapist (and staff support specialist for Medecins Sans Frontières in the field), participants are given the time and structured, safe opportunity to explore with their peers the sources of their stress. The Four Day Training Program provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the physical and psychological consequences of stress. Having understood this necessary background, they are then asked to examine in personal time and in discussion groups their current coping mechanisms, and whether their choices are proving successful for stress management and building resilience. Once these conversations have created a safe space and willingness for experimentation, the group is led in learning new coping mechanisms, skills and tools.   

Practical Tools - Meditation: Meditation has been shown in clinical trials and field-based settings to dramatically improve stress management and resilience. Like driving a car, meditation cannot be learned in an hour or a day. Nor can a lifetime's habits for dealing with stress be overturned entirely in four days. However, this residential training has been shown to successfully provide a springboard for long-term change. (To read a  short testimonial from Osama, a CBR Alumni living and working in Gaza, see Our Programs.)

Aid worker alumni, when offered the opportunity during the course to live in a calm environment away from daily work and family pressures, have been able to learn, practice and seek personal counsel from eminent teachers in a conducive learning environment. Many have reported in testimonials that the CBR course proved a personal turning point, and a moment for healing and re-dedication to their work. 

Practical Tools - Mindful Movement: Breathing and stretching exercises, along with some very basic yoga poses have, like meditation, been proven to reduce the effects of chronic and acute stress. The CBR Project exercises are designed specifically to be used even in circumstances like refugee camps and busy agency headquarters where staff can often take only two or three minutes for self-care.  

One Year of Post-Training Mentoring Support: To support aid workers in their efforts to create major behavior change in their working lives and stress-management coping mechanisms, we recognize that support and learning must continue beyond our four days together. 

To support this continuous learning journey, the CBR Project training program includes one year of continued support. We achieve this through 12 online peer support and mentoring sessions led once per month by meditation teacher Hugh Byrne and CBR Project Director, Emmett Fitzgerald. 

Hugh Byrne will play a teaching a mentoring role for 12 months

Hugh Byrne will play a teaching a mentoring role for 12 months

Peer Support and Personal Resilience: One critical element of the program is to help individuals (and as subsequently their organizations) to open up necessary conversations about mental health, stress, PTSD and burnout among aid workers.

The program specifically focuses on breaking down stigma and encourages colleagues to discuss more openly how they are feeling, and what can be done practically to create more personal resilience and peer-to-peer support. 

Not only do the monthly mentoring sessions offer the opportunity for more in-depth practical experience and meditation teaching, these sessions also maintain in a virtual sense the "safe space" which is created during the course by directly addressing and minimizing the stigma around mental health, stress, depression, anxiety and burnout - conditions we know from research to be highly prevalent among aid workers. 

Alumni can also stay in touch through private Facebook and Whatsapp groups. 

OUR GOAL: #bewellservewell Our goal as an organization is first and foremost to improve the quality of services delivered to beneficiary populations. We do this by building up the mental strength and resilience of aid workers delivering the response. Based on five years of experience based on the best private sector methodologies, this kind of staff wellness program has been shown to provide considerable return on investment for organizations by reducing absenteeism, medical costs, insurance costs and recruitment costs.

LANGUAGE: The training will be conducted in English. To benefit meaningfully, participants will require a sufficient level of linguistic competence to engage in discussion of relatively complex emotional and scientific material.

PRICE:  The Four Day Training is Priced at $1200. 

This price includes: 

  • Group teaching and interactive exercises in psychological self-support, meditation and mindful movement (breathing, stretching and basic yoga for the office)
  • Cutting-edge curriculum and world-class teaching from the CBR faculty 
  • Three nights accommodations 
    • Price is based on two attendees sharing a room
    • Single rooms available at additional cost 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for four days
  • Transport from Amman to and from the venue
  • Access to the course materials via the CBR Project App
  • 1 Year of continued support through 12 monthly online peer support and mentoring sessions with meditation teacher Hugh Byrne and CBR Project Director, Emmett Fitzgerald
  • Peer to Peer support via private Facebook and WhatsApp groups

GROUP RATES FOR ORGANIZATIONS: We have in the past worked with NGOs and other organizations to create group rates for those who wish to send large numbers of staff. For more information, contact us to discuss.   

SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there are a small number of partial scholarships available. If price is a barrier for you, please contact us to discuss scholarship eligibility. 

QUESTIONS? Email   emmett@garrisoninstitute.org

The CBR Project Mobile App allows participants to take the curriculum with them back to their working life in order to encourage continued practice and behavior change.  This behavior change journey is supported for 1 year through 12 monthly online group mentoring sessions. 

The CBR Project Mobile App allows participants to take the curriculum with them back to their working life in order to encourage continued practice and behavior change. 

This behavior change journey is supported for 1 year through 12 monthly online group mentoring sessions. 

ONE Day Workshops

Amman, Jordan

March 21 & 22nd, 2018

WHERE:  Intercontinental Hotel, Amman, Jordan.  

WHEN:   One day Programs:

       Wednesday March 21st 2018.  9am to 5pm.

       Thursday March 22nd 2018. 9am to 5pm.

WHO:    This workshop is open to staff (national or expatriate) of national NGOs, International NGOs & UN agencies.Almost no-one involved in the response is immune from the chronic stress of working on the Syria response. As a result, we welcome field staff, leadership and staff from across all roles. We also welcome Human Rights Defenders and Journalists working in the region. 

WORKSHOP DETAILS:  This one day workshop has been designed to reduce to essential elements an introduction to the CBR stress management and resilience curriculum. 

CBR Experience in Jordan: This workshop has been organized based on the success and positive participant feedback from several previous one day programs in Jordan (May & August 2017) and the United States (December 2015).

WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY

Introducing Practical Skills: The workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of the physical and psychological consequences of chronic stress. They are then given an introduction to meditation, breathing and stretching exercises which have been proven to reduce stress. The exercises are designed to be used even in circumstances like refugee camps and busy agency headquarters where staff can often take only two or three minutes for self-care.  

Peer Support and Personal Resilience: One critical element of the program is to help individuals and organizations to open up a necessary conversation about mental health, stress, PTSD and burnout. The program specifically focuses on breaking down stigma and encourages colleagues to discuss more openly how they are feeling, and what can be done practically to create more personal resilience and peer-to-peer support. 

Clearly, the depth of conversation, interaction and the peer-relationships built over a single day cannot compare to those built during the residential four day training program. However, the One Day Workshop provides sufficient introduction to sew the seeds of longer-term behavior change.

  The CBR Project Mobile App is available free for workshop participants 

  The CBR Project Mobile App is available free for workshop participants 

Mobile App: To encourage learning can continue beyond the workshop, participants are given free access to the CBR Project's bespoke Stress Management App, which includes audio recordings of psychological education lectures, as well as audio recordings of meditations and videos showing stretching, breathing and yoga techniques. 

PROVEN, SIMPLE STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Psychological stress is widely recognized as a major contributor to absenteeism, high staff turnover, poor  morale and reduced productivity at work. Stress has also been shown to significantly impair memory and the ability to learn. The CBR Project approach is based on the enormous body of medical evidence showing that mindfulness, meditation and yoga-inspired stretching and breathing exercises help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression as well as increase stress-management, self-awareness, creative thinking and concentration. 

OUR GOAL: #bewellservewell Our goal as an organization is first and foremost to improve the quality of services delivered to beneficiary populations. We do this by building up the mental strength and resilience of aid workers delivering the response. Based on five years of experience based on the best private sector methodologies, this kind of staff wellness program has been shown to provide considerable return on investment for organizations by reducing absenteeism, medical costs, insurance costs and recruitment costs.

LANGUAGE: The training will be conducted in English. To benefit meaningfully, participants will require a sufficient level of linguistic competence to engage in discussion of relatively complex emotional and scientific material.

PRICE:  Inclusive of a lunch meal, $150 USD.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there are a small number of scholarships available. If price is a barrier for you, please contact us to discuss scholarship eligibility. 

QUESTIONS? Email   emmett@garrisoninstitute.org