Women survivors wait to see caregivers.
Lidia talks with a patient.
Panzi Hospital Psychologists: Cecile and Joseph
Two psychologists lead a team of seven Social Assistants, some nurses, all women. This small group is responsible for the psychological care of 300 patients on a daily basis. They work six days a week, with 2 days a year off for vacations. Imagine that.
Pascaline poses with women patients in front of the nurse's office.
Cecile and Pascaline check patient's progress.
When I completed the training, I recommended that the Administration do two things to improve the general health and emotional well-being of the psychosocial staff: 1) encourage caregivers to take at least one weekend off per month, and 2) schedule a peer counseling group once a week where caregivers can debrief their difficult cases.
This training was a great way for me to give back what I’ve learned over the years. I was delighted that they received value and want to continue using the skills I taught them.
With love and gratitude,