REACH Grenada attends Mental Health Screening and Assessment Training

REACH Grenada is dedicated to empowering Grenada’s underprivileged and vulnerable children through healing, respect, education, opportunity and life experience.   It is a program created by the Bartholomew J. Lawson Foundation for Children, a New York-based, privately operating non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, established in 2003 by Dr. Karen Lawson in memory of her husband Bart Lawson who passed away in Grenada during his tenure there as Ambassador.  The foundation supports REACH Grenada in the spirit of continuing his good work.

REACH Grenada is dedicated to empowering Grenada’s underprivileged and vulnerable children through healing, respect, education, opportunity and life experience.

Representing REACH Grenada, Mr. Neo Moreton LL.B.(Hons), Hazel Da Breo, Ph.D., Dr. Richard Honigman, M.D. and Jared Goodman attended a training seminar on Mental Health Screening and Assessment Training. The training was in preparation for REACH Grenada’s psycho-social counseling program due to start in June, 2010 at The Queen Elizabeth Home (QEH) for children in Tempe, Grenada.

The Queen Elizabeth Home is the oldest home in Grenada and cares for children, some of whom have experienced trauma in their lives such as abandonment, neglect or abuse. Some suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause symptoms such as anxiety, social withdrawal, disturbed sleep patterns, poor self-esteem and attention deficit.

The training seminar, led by Clinical Psychologist and Director of Programs at The REACH Institute, Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D., identified two key screening and assessment methods: the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire and the UCLA Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Index which will be used to assess the children’s mental health and/or levels of Post-traumatic stress at the beginning of the REACH Grenada program, and to monitor changes at regular intervals as the program progresses.

Executive Director of REACH Grenada Mr. Neo Moreton comments on the value of the assessments: “These initial baseline assessments will determine and inform the planning of appropriate therapies, specifically tailored to the meet the children’s individual needs. Importantly, the screening and assessment methods will also enable REACH Grenada to measure and evaluate evidence of progress to thereby inform the choice and application of further therapy and optimize improvement in the children’s mental and emotional health and well-being.”

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