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Trauma training for companies

Ms Landine Beukes, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Dr Kamwi.

Ms Landine Beukes, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Dr Kamwi.

ATA International Training Namibia (ATA ITN) and Seeing Beyond Coaching and Counselling Centre held the first “Trauma Conference” in Namibia last week. The topic of the conference was “Trauma Healing, the impact of personal wounds on workplace performance”.
The conference was an initiative of Dr Schalk Botha from Seeing Beyond and Fabian Martens, Operations Manager of ATA ITN. At the start of 2013 they developed the idea that soon formed the basis of the conference and was intentionally structured to align itself with the Life Training Programme of ATA International Training. “During the training at our Training Centre we realised that there was a real need for a trauma conference” said Fabian Martens.
Over the two days, more than 50 delegates participated in the trauma conference. The first day consisted of five plenaries with a focus on personal and clinical trauma. The plenaries were held by Dr Tessa van Wyk, a trauma therapist, Dr Armas Shikongo from the University of Namibia, Dr Schalk Botha from Seeing Beyond and in the evening Dr Craig Lambert from the University of Johannesburg.
The second day was a practical outreach to companies. A workshop was held at the MVA Fund as well as at De Beers.

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