CAE Validus has started to implement the first of its kind training program in September and October 2014 for 38 staff of the Home for mental persons Osijek. By the end of the program, 30 participants will acquire competencies to provide active support for persons in supported housing. The remaining eight (8) participants are qualified professional staff (4) and clients of the Home (4).

We are proud to say that we often collaborate with renowned local and international experts in our training activities. So for this occasion, we invited John Trainor – a guest speaker from Canada with extensive and extensive international experience – to offer an introduction to the topic of mental health and share with us the Canadian model of community service provision.

Mr. Trainor spent a week of 8 to 12 September 2014 with staff from the Home discussing the following topics: history of mental health problems, position in society and challenges faced by people with these problems, inclusion, recovery, risk management and motivational interviewing.

John Trainor chairs the advisory board of the Mental Health Initiative of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations and has extensive experience in hospital and community-based mental health services. Furthermore, he is the director of the Community Support and Research Unit at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Trainor spent four years as senior policy advisor in mental health with the government of Ontario, and many years chairing the National Mental Health Services Work Group of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank Mr. Trainor for coming, the staff of the Home for their motivation and active participation in the training, as well as Mr. Ladislav Lamza and his team for their hospitality and organizational support.

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