Once a in a while we bring together some of Yad Rachel 170 staff members of the from different frameworks we operate across the country, who invest so many hours and energies and powers to fulfil the needs of many hundreds of patients. The staff try to improve as much as possible in helping the patients and respond to their needs. They do so with great dedication and great love. Yesterday, the Center team from all the Central Region gathered at the special evening meeting.
This is one of the ways for us to thank them and express our appreciation to employees for their wonderful work, try to see them as good as they see their patients and respond to some of the needs of their challenging and complex work. At the event they’ve met with playback theatre “Spark” crew. The staff told stories of everyday life at the After School Centers, stories about the challenges they face in their work, stories about children who challenged them, the dilemmas they had while working, and actors presented their stories in front of everyone while they improvise and dramatise the stories as they see and experience them. The experience was very successful and funny and everyone seemed to have really enjoyed. At the end of the evening everyone enjoyed a dinner made by the team leaders.
As in previous years all our employees were invited to take part in Yad Rachel annual corporate training day. Staff welfare and professionalism are part of our priorities in the way Yad Rachel operates and plans its resources to give our children and their family members the best service possible.
We were blessed with very dedicated staff members who put all their time and resources, particularly emotional, ‘to see’ the needs of patients that are facing them and provide them with the most appropriate response during the year. Our employees meet daily with the difficulties of others and do all they can to help and benefit, even if it means investing lot of time and thought outside of the work hours. This seminar is an opportunity for us to allow our dear staff, to have some time off and get a breathe of fresh air to continue to deal with the challenges they all do in the professional way in which they do this, and to say a heartfelt thank you for their work.
As part of the Jasmine Center’s work in Lod, there is functioning a support group of mothers. Mothers gather every week and take part in various activities and lectures. The meetings deal with issues related to parenthood and in addition there are experiential sessions and meetings for enrichment.
Today we held a lecture on domestic violence. The lecture was delivered by Samah Ighbarieh – social worker who specializes in the subject. Our mothers group received information on the characteristics of domestic violence as well as tools available to families deal with such violence. They were very interested and the fascinating discussion developed between the women in the group.
The staff members of Yad Rachel Afterschool Centers Yahav and Hayovel for children with behavioral difficulties from Bat Yam have recently visited a Nitzanim clinic for children and youth, which is a wing of Abarbanel Mental Health Center. Clinic Director Dr. Kurtzman gave an overview and explanation of the services given in the clinic and Mrs Klein Lakstein, social worker and director of the Early Childhood Unit, explained about the various types of parents and children patients. Then the group had a tour around the place. For us, in Yad Rachel, the enrichment and professional training of the team and collaborating with various community facilities are significant factors in the quality of therapy and care we provide for our children.
This week, two seminars were held for team leaders and social workers of all Afterschool Centers we operate across the country. The seminars dealt with the concept of an important aspect of Sociotherapy theory, a theory that accompanies and guides our work in clubs: The person on duty. Study included analysis of an article called “Internal drama of accepting an official position in the organization,” by Yossi Trist, and the experience of team leaders and social workers in experiential learning. The seminars were very significant and we believe that they made a great contribution to the ongoing work in clubs. Learning and professionalism of the staff is an important value for us according to the belief and understanding that the more we invest in it,the better we will end up not only with our employees but also with clients.
As a part of personnel training program, at regular intervals throughout the year there are being held various enrichment courses and seminars. These seminars cover issues relevant to our work with children and their families, as we strive to professionalize it and to give our staff the greatest variety of tools to help them cope with the challenges they face working in our Centers. During the last month we’ve offered our team in Jerusalem to take a part in a course on puppetry. Our counsellors had learned and experienced working with puppets and received an additional and very creative tool with which they can conduct a therapeutic dialog with the children.
In “Yeda” school in Kiryat Bialik, where we consult and support counselling team by training staff at the school, we’ve offered a Seminar on sharpening their main task as counsellors at school, focusing on difficulties that tend to arise and various productive ways to deal with them.
Throughout the year, Yad Rachel emphasizes the importance of learning and raising the professional skills of the staff. As part of this each year we arrange a series of seminars for all the After School Centers teams. First one of such meetings took place this month and was designated to the team leaders and social workers. A course was based on learning and analyzing the article “parental voice” – about parenting as a mental developmental process written by Ronit Plotnik.