The training for trainers on Outreach Counselling under the behaviour change communication frameworks was the first one to get together people involved in CAHR project from Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Kenya. The training facilitated by specialists from TS Hub Kiev Liudmyla Shulga and Maryna Braga took place in Bali, Indonesia on November 5-9, 2012.

The aim of the training was to improve training skills of participants and develop their skills and knowledge on behaviour change communication and counselling in outreach to ensure their capacity to conduct further training of outreach workers and implement harm reduction programmes.

Teams of trainers able to conduct trainings on Outreach counselling under the behaviour change communication frameworks were trained in four countries as a result of the training. All the teams received a package of documents which included presentations, hand-outs and materials of the sessions, developed by participants during the training. All these materials can be used when developing the trainings in the countries.

The participants were actively involved in all exercises, group work and ice-breakers. The biggest interest rose during the sessions where the participants could exchange their experience and share practical examples from their countries. All participants took an active participation in developing their sessions and facilitating their parts. For some of the participants it was the first training conducted in English, but they successfully managed to facilitate their sessions.

The participants found sessions useful for their future work and almost all mentioned they were going to do the same training in their own countries. Most of the participants highly evaluated the sessions they were conducting themselves, because they found this experience particularly useful.

In evaluation forms the participants named what they liked most about the training:

“Training approach used by trainers. Never before trainers allocated separate session to provide feedback to each participants’ performance and I personally feel this useful as I practice skills learnt from the training. More than enough opportunity was given for practice as well.”

“I will adapt this process to do in the same way to improve outreach workers’ performance in my place.”

“The games were very good and needed for sessions. The role plays gave the participants a chance to internalize the skills in counselling.”

“During the process, our team’s knowledge and skills got practices, and moreover, through going through the documentary we understood what’s to be improved further.”

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