Mary Ward Loreto attended the RENATE Europe annual training on “Trafficking and Trauma: Care for Victims and Preventive Care for Carers”. This training took place at the Palloti Haus Conference Centre in Freising, Germany, on April 30th – May 4th 2018. There were 34 participants from different countries of Europe, who work directly with victims of sexual exploitation.
It was a very fruitful training in terms of raising professional capacity to support a victim of trafficking, which is part of the mission and practice of MWL, as well as exchanging good practices.
We were given warm hospitality and care at Palloti Haus, welcomed by the Sr. Mabel Marioti who moderated this activity for the whole week; Sr. Imelda Poole, president of RENATE, and Ivone Van De Kar who introduced us with the programme and logistics for the week.
Important information and practice on Psychotraumatology and Focused Trauma Therapy were given by Mrs. Joana Terzieva and Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, who have much experience working with victims of sexual exploitation. “Care for the Carers” aiming to provide skills to improve the health and wellbeing of the carers at work, highlighting that we need to consider our own needs as well as the needs of those who we are working with, in order to be effective and helpful.
It was a very rich learning week that combined theoretical information on the topic, practical cases, the point of view and the law enforcement approach, the spiritual approach, prayer and reflection, visit at SOLWODY Augsburg, and socializing and sightseeing with the group.