HEALING BENEFITS OF A SAFE SPACE
series: Protecting the Children by Wayne Bleier
Providing a safe environment for children encourages them to take risks, to experiment and to try new things. All of us are like that. If we don't feel safe then we are not going to try new activities and we're not going to take any risks.
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It's really important that after experiencing trauma, conflict or natural disaster that children have space so they can work through what's bothering them and that we have the faith that they will work through it and provide them with the materials as well as an environment where they feel safe.
It's almost like magic. Children will express what they need to express and they'll work through it if they have that a stable and safe environment and positive adult attention.
Wayne is a trained child and family therapist with over 25 years of experience supervising and implementing CP programs overseas in Former -Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Rep of Congo, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan, Liberia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Uganda, Lebanon, and Bangladesh. During this time he worked with Mike Wessells at Columbia University.
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He has worked for IRC, Save the Children UK, Child Fund International, War Child UK and UNICEF. Wayne holds an MSW degree from the University of Washington. Currently he holds the position of Child Protection Manger and Case Management Specialist for DRC's program working in the Rohingya emergency in Bangladesh.