The second training program on Testimonial therapy was held at Galaha Retreat House from the 17th to the 23rd of July 2011 organized by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) – Hong Kong, Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) – Denmark and Human Rights Office Kandy the local organizer.
The training workshop was facilitated by Inger Agger of RCT Denmark along with Shyamali Puvimanasinghe as the co- facilitator. There were 20 participants for the training workshop and most of them were new to the testimony therapy except those from H.R.O and Jansansadaya.
A ceremonial opening was done on the 17th July by Fr. Nandana Manatunga, by lighting the traditional oil lamp and addressing the gathering, explaining the purpose of the training workshop. There were several inputs, group discussions and role plays on the procedure of the testimony therapy and Mr. Baseer from AHRC added a new vitality to the program.
Visuals on Testimonial therapy ceremonies of Kandy, Janasadaya and Cambodia were screened to the participants and they were a rich experience to the participants. They were so much insightful, the participants were able to role play a ceremony before the closing of the program. It is also remarkable that there were few graduates taking part in the programs and on the whole group was in a better standard to master the knowledge of the therapeutic process and therapy as a whole.
The first training program on Testimony therapy was conducted by Ms. Inger Agger in 2008 at Beruwela and since then several victims of rape, Torture and persons in detention have gone through the process of healing with the Testimonial therapy in Sri Lanka.
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