REACH Grenada Holds “The Magic of Mentoring” Training to Support T.A. Marryshow College Students Participating in REACH’s Buddy Mentoring Program

On Saturday, October 29, 46 students enrolled in T.A. Marryshow Community College’s (TAMCC) Social Work program participated in a training entitled “The Magic of Mentoring.” The training was sponsored by REACH Grenada which began a Buddy Mentoring Program at The Queen Elizabeth Home in March of 2011. In this program TAMCC Social Work students are paired with a child at the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children (QEH) to help with homework and provide social and emotional support.

Social Work Students from T.A. Marryshow Community College Showing Their Certificates of Completion from "The Magic of Mentoring" Training Session

The training was based on Dr. Becky Bailey’s award winning Conscious Discipline® model and was instructed by Dr. Barbara Landon, a licensed psychologist with a specialty in pediatric neuropsychology. Participants learned valuable tools to assist them in mentoring children at QEH, such as how to recognize and address difficult or unhealthy behaviors and how to create optimal social and emotional learning states.

Dr. Landon has studied with Dr. Becky Bailey and has been teaching Conscious Discipline in Grenada for the past two years, through her work as a psychologist at St. George’s University. Dr. Landon had this to say about the training:

I’ve been teaching Conscious Discipline and related subjects for quite some time. This particular group of students is one of the most eager, engaged, and receptive audiences I’ve ever encountered. It is so gratifying to present information to bright students who will actually go out into the world and make use of it!

TAMCC lecturers Ms. Calisha Purcell-Charles, Ms. Ainka Antoine and Ms. Adana More also participated in the training. Mrs. Lorna Douglas organized and coordinated the training on behalf of REACH Grenada.

Participants received a certificate of completion at the end of the full-day training and were encouraged to apply mentoring principals not only as part of the REACH Buddy Mentoring Program but also with relatives and neighbors.

As one student who attended the training reflected:

This training teaches you ways to control anger and relieve stress. Also, it teaches you self control and how to improve your self esteem. Also it teaches you the right ways and procedures you should follow when dealing with children‘.

Echoing these sentiments, a participant in REACH’s Buddy Mentoring Program expressed her newfound confidence in working with her buddy:

I personally believe that I am ready and capable of handling any situation brought up through the mentor program. I learned many skills today that I can use with my buddy”.

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