A Mental Health Workshop sponsored by the Christian Counselling Center, in partnership with Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, was held on October 11 at the Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium. The event started with breakfast and ended at 2:00pm.
The workshop targeted mostly educators, counsellors, parents, pastors and people dealing with children who could be faced at one point or another with possible behavioral problems. Whether overly quiet or disruptive, the abnormal behavior of a student, child or adolescent could reveal a deep rooted problem that an adult should acknowledge.
The morning of the workshop was dedicated to presentations and the afternoon to group discussions.
Addressing the teachers, Marleen Martinborough said “watch the red flag raised by a shy child or a disruptive child, they are telling that something is going on.” Marleen Martinborough is manager of the Child & Adolescent Unit at Sandilands Rehabilitation Center.
Jadetra Ingraham, Therapist at the Renaissance Institute, who works with Dr. David Allen, talked about mental health and family. She outlined the challenges faced by families who have someone with mental health problems.
Lynn Major, Director of ECC, deals on a daily basis with the behavior of special needs children. She presented on Mental Health and Behavior.
The assembly consisted mostly of teachers but there was also a social worker and pastors.
Following a lunch break, the approximately thirty participants, including two Forest Heights Academy students, broke into discussion groups.
Topics at the different tables included substance abuse and mental health led by Mrs. Martinborough. Needs recognition was tabled by Mrs. Ingraham and Vernelle Swain. Understanding the behavior of special needs children was led by Mrs. Major.
The Abaco Branch of the Christian Counselling Center has been in operation on Abaco since 2007. Its purpose is to “help hurting people by providing counselling and educational resources that inspire growth in relationship with God, others and self, in an accepting, caring and confidential environment.”
The workshop was organized by the Director of the Center, therapist Vernelle Swain. She was helped by Rachel Johnson, Administrative Assistant.