A critical element of this new approach was the certification of fifty trainers, who according to organizers of the workshop, are now equipped to execute training programs in anger management and are ready to be deployed in communities across St. Kitts and Nevis to help persons, particularly young people, to control their emotions and channel them positively.
The trainers successfully completed the John Howard Society (JHS), Toronto Anger Management Facilitators Course, which was organised by Operation Future and held on 22nd & 23rd August, 2012.
Participants attended from all walks of life including counsellors, psychologists, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), faith based organization leaders, medical students from Windsor University, and officers and inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).
One Prison Officer, Lois Smith, who was present, said that she was grateful for the opportunity to gain this new skill as it will be very useful when interacting with difficult personalities on and off the job.
“Instead of getting angry and shouting … (I will) relax, take a time out and be more positive in my answers,” Officer Smith said, citing a scenario where she is in confrontation with another individual. “It will help to make the person feel more comfortable and will make it easier to approach me.”
Meanwhile HMP inmate Patrice Matthew revealed that as a member of Operation Future, he regularly counsels his peers. “I will gladly share the lessons with my fellow inmates and even the officers,” he disclosed. “The information shared was for us to relay to others and not keep it for ourselves and now that I am a facilitator, I want to help facilitate and organise anger management sessions.”
In fact, members from the various groups formed during the workshop signalled their intention to hold sessions with persons in their respective communities. Participants suggested and agreed to establish an oversight body consisting of one representative from each group to monitor future training activities and offer support where necessary.
JHS Anger Management and Domestic Assault Facilitator, Laverda Thomas led the two-day sessions. She disclosed that the workshop achieved its objectives of explaining the anger management programme and training individuals how to deliver effective treatment in various settings.