RESH Provides Psychosocial Training for Ebola Survivors


The Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) has conducted a psychosocial counseling workshop for members of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL).

The workshop, which was held recently, aimed at providing basic training for Ebola survivors, who, out of their quest to give back to humanity, have decided to become care-givers themselves.

The lead facilitator of the forum, RESH’s general coordinator, Mr. Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr., lectured on Introduction to Counseling Skills for Working with Ebola Victims & Survivors: An Imperative Art for Serving Humanity and Appreciating Your Uniqueness to Defeat Stigmatization.

Speaking with the Daily Observer after his presentation, Smith said he had hoped that survivors will understand and identify among others, vicarious trauma, its symptoms and effects and stimuli of vicarious trauma. He further stated that he hopes that survivors would be able to prepare and implement schemes relative to building a team support network against vicarious trauma and appreciate their “uniqueness to defeat stigmatization.”

At the end of his presentation to the body, Smith pledged RESH's support to ESAL relative to partnership and collaboration.

In attendance at the workshop was Dr. (MD) Philip Zochonis Ireland, a survivor himself .

Dr. Ireland serves as a member of RESH's Advisory Board. Speaking, Dr. Ireland gave an emotional briefing on his Ebola historicity and ordeal. He highlighted the essence of quality psychosocial support in the nation’s fight against Ebola.

Dr. Ireland used his encounter with RESH in his Ebola Treatment Unit as a case study to point out the cardinal part psychosocial support/counseling played in his recovery from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

For his part, Mr. Korlie Bonarwolo, ESAL president thanked RESH for the lecture, adding that it had come at an appropriate time, when some of their members were being stigmatized in their communities.

Renewed Energy Serving Humanity-RESH is a Liberian-based NGO that aims to provide vital psychosocial supports for victims of natural disasters and traumatic events like the Ebola epidemic. They also provide adequate psychosocial supports related services for victims, the victims' families, friends and communities; as well as those who provide cares for the victims. RESH’s core areas of focus include psychosocial counseling, ardent and proactive advocacy, capacity building, awareness, and, research.


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