DIY  Do it yourself - how to conduct your own training

How to prepare

Study the manual - It will always be useful to cooperate with some one,to discuss issues and to try our grounding exercises and roleplays.

Invitation - make sure they know the agenda and the content of the training. It is difficult to conduct training if the audience believed that they have come for something else. The invitation should also have a link to the manual so that the audience can have a look at the manual before they start. Some may prefer to have a “fresh” audience. Consider what would be best for your group.

The group – the group might be a diverge group with different background, this can be good but also make the training difficult. For example if you have a lot of clinicians together with people that do not read or write it might cause a gap that is difficult to overcome. At least try to gather a group that are on the same level….from our experience 15-20 people are a good group that leaves time for the participants to share their views and experiences.

Experience of the participants - It is important to bear in mind that the training may create distress or anxiety among participants who experience on a daily basis the grim nature of the problem it discusses. Some participants may themselves have been exposed to violent acts and may be triggered during the course. If this happens, the Trainer and the group may need to allow time for reflection and support and find ways to deal with special needs.

Back up - If possible, professional health personnel should be available for consultation during or after the training, to respond to difficult questions or situations that may arise. 

Venue Go to the location a few days before the training to finalize arrangements. Decide on the seating arrangement – whether you are going to have chairs, and if so how you will procure them and arrange them around the room. Also see that there is a blackboard or whiteboard in the room; and do remember to get an adequate supply of writing materials (chalk/markers) and a duster.

The Room Preferably a square shape room 30-40 square meters, some prefers tables to be able to take notes, others find that disturbing. Make sure that it is enough space to be able to do role-play, grounding exercises and stretching. Also for group work it should be enough space to be able to talk freely without being disrupted by the others.

At the beginning of each day Go through the activities for the day once again to remind yourself of all that you have to do and say. Go through the schedule for the day and check that you have all the materials required. Get to the venue at least 15 minutes before the workshop is due to begin. Arrange the chairs if required – a semi-circular seating arrangement might be a good idea.

Closing ceremony After three days of training, with sharing, talking and getting to know each other, it is important to have a good closing of the training. Make a closing speech to thank everyone for participating and for sharing. Hand out diplomas (examples is enclosed here).