This helps the team identify if the refugees have any traditional, spiritual, or communal practices they already use & if they want to learn new ways to help them recover from their trauma.
Next refugees are asked what do they want & would need to learn. Research shows that adults who have a role in choosing what they learn, will stay committed & focused as they learn.
Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator, argues that adults bring to learning valuable cultural knowledge & experience that forms a foundation on which to begin.
The diagram below shows how the Technical and Adaptive components of The ARC Apothecary fit together to enable a local MHW and a local community to build a mental health program.
Local Mental Health workers select from a library of evidence-based modules located in The ARC Apothecary. If there are not ones that are appropriate for their healing needs, they create their own to build a culturally valid and contextually appropriate recovery program they believe will meet their needs.
The modules are separated into three categories: exercises that help a person mentally Attune to and regulate the sources of information & energy flowing through their bodies in the present moment, exercises that help a person to Resonate and connect with people around them in the present moment.
Finally, those exercises that help a person Cultivate their self-awareness by gaining greater confidence in their ability to stay appropriately present and alert in the present moment. Self-awareness and presence are the foundation on which a person begins to recover who they are heal their invisible wounds.
Exercises can be converted to RTF then inserted into the area on the “Add New Exercise Page”. Exercises are designated by:
This is the list view of the exercises available in the library. Mental health workers can quickly identify the categories of each exercise.
Exercise search results can be filtered by Topic, Type, and Language
1. Click "Translate" from Exercise
2. Edit Translation in Edit Box
3. Add Audio File
4. Save Translation of Exercise
1 - Language for the Intervention
2 –Languages the MHW speaks
3 – Name & description
4 – Designate the topic
A - Select a Attune Exercise
R - Select a Resonate Exercise
C - Select a Cultivate Exercise
Interventions can be searched by:
This is an example of an Intervention Search results