There is an enormous need for PTSD training, and Picking up The Peaces has designed an effective training and delivery package. The PTSD Education Program (PEP) Pilot will initially be delivered to emergency services personnel in the ACT in 2011.
Modelled on the proven Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) model, it combines factual material about post traumatic stress disorder with personal stories of living with the disorder, and resources for seeking help and treatment.
Our first 10 Volunteer Educators graduated in March 2011, and as part of the PEP Pilot program, will deliver sessions in the months ahead.
Early presentations were very well received, and the training had a profound impact on those involved. In fact, trainees found the emotional confrontations of addressing their personal stories moving and healing in a way they never anticipated. That effect carries over into presentations, where we’re finding a rapport with the audience that is already changing lives.
The recruiting, training and presentation process, as well as the effect sessions have on audiences, is being externally evaluated. That objective report will be available after the Pilot program completes.