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InCASE; Communication; Attachment; Stress Management and Ethics.
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project consisted of a training programme that took place in Malta in February 2015 and involved the participation of an informal group of young people; Empowering Youth in Care, together with staff members of Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja from Malta. It also involved the participation of organisations from Turkey and Spain. In total 48 participants (including trainers) took part in the project. The idea of the project came about from the need of the staff who works on a daily basis with young people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to be involved in hands on training about issues that are of crucial importance when working with adolescents in care. InCase - Communication, Attachment, Stress Management and Ethics, provided further training for the staff working at CVB and enhance and supported their skills when working with adolescents in residential care exhibiting challenging behaviour. Local trainers concentrated on areas of communication and assertiveness, attachment issues, how to deal with stress and ethical concerns. This has been enriched with the participation of the foreign partners from Turkey and Spain, who contributed with their experiences and areas of best practice. Adopting a collaborative approach, this pool of expertise and experiences provided the full outcome of the learning experience. Through this training course and eventual follow-up workshops, the participants gained the necessary skills to set the appropriate boundaries, manage challenging behaviour more effectively, be able to contain adolescents with attachment difficulties, improve their empathic skills, follow ethical procedures were necessary, work within their limits of competence and be able to manage stress effectively being contextualized in a highly volatile work environment. This will also ultimately result in the participants being enriched with attitudes of respect, tolerance, understanding, collaboration and consistency. The main objectives of this project have been: - those working with the young people will be more receptive and open in their views towards training - to enhance the skills of the front line staff working with adolescents in care who exhibit challenging behaviour - the exchanging of ideas and good practices between different participants from different countries - self observation and self reflection to gain insight on one's personal position while working with this group of young people Following the completion of the project, the outcomes have been: - the creation of an atmosphere of self reflexivity - the information and experience of training is being practiced further in the daily interactions with the young people - that the training has left a positive impact on the participants which in turn ameliorated their approach at work - participants are working together as a team to find different solutions to various scenarios encountered during their work - the interaction with participants from different cultural backgrounds will give them the opportunity to be more open to different methods of dealing with different circumstances The long-term benefits can also be seen in that follow-up workshops were carried out and the intention is to apply for another project under Erasmus+.
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