As in previous years all our employees were invited to take part in Yad Rachel annual corporate training day. Staff welfare and professionalism are part of our priorities in the way Yad Rachel operates and plans its resources to give our children and their family members the best service possible.
We were blessed with very dedicated staff members who put all their time and resources, particularly emotional, ‘to see’ the needs of patients that are facing them and provide them with the most appropriate response during the year. Our employees meet daily with the difficulties of others and do all they can to help and benefit, even if it means investing lot of time and thought outside of the work hours. This seminar is an opportunity for us to allow our dear staff, to have some time off and get a breathe of fresh air to continue to deal with the challenges they all do in the professional way in which they do this, and to say a heartfelt thank you for their work.
This week, two seminars were held for team leaders and social workers of all Afterschool Centers we operate across the country. The seminars dealt with the concept of an important aspect of Sociotherapy theory, a theory that accompanies and guides our work in clubs: The person on duty. Study included analysis of an article called “Internal drama of accepting an official position in the organization,” by Yossi Trist, and the experience of team leaders and social workers in experiential learning. The seminars were very significant and we believe that they made a great contribution to the ongoing work in clubs. Learning and professionalism of the staff is an important value for us according to the belief and understanding that the more we invest in it,the better we will end up not only with our employees but also with clients.
As a part of personnel training program, at regular intervals throughout the year there are being held various enrichment courses and seminars. These seminars cover issues relevant to our work with children and their families, as we strive to professionalize it and to give our staff the greatest variety of tools to help them cope with the challenges they face working in our Centers. During the last month we’ve offered our team in Jerusalem to take a part in a course on puppetry. Our counsellors had learned and experienced working with puppets and received an additional and very creative tool with which they can conduct a therapeutic dialog with the children.
In “Yeda” school in Kiryat Bialik, where we consult and support counselling team by training staff at the school, we’ve offered a Seminar on sharpening their main task as counsellors at school, focusing on difficulties that tend to arise and various productive ways to deal with them.
In the city of Bat Yam, we run two Afterschool Centers for children with behavioral difficulties, as well as a Parent-Child Center for families with very young children (Paths to Parenthood). This month, an introductory encounter took place between the teams of both frameworks. Each team presented the work of its framework, which led to a joint learning experience. We are expecting collaboration between the different units we are keeping in the city, for the benefit of the families and children. This collaboration is the added value of Yad Rachel’s work in the different projects.
Throughout the year, Yad Rachel emphasizes the importance of learning and raising the professional skills of the staff. As part of this each year we arrange a series of seminars for all the After School Centers teams. First one of such meetings took place this month and was designated to the team leaders and social workers. A course was based on learning and analyzing the article “parental voice” – about parenting as a mental developmental process written by Ronit Plotnik.