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Hello, this is Amy-Jo again.  I apologize for the delay in getting back to you.  Here are answers to your questions:

1. In the user map, you have talked about an online training platform, do you have any more information on how you are thinking that through? Are you planning on a custom solution or planning to use an existing LMS or platform?

ANSWER: We have a few options. First, our “Partners in Trauma Healing Project, ” a separate project, currently has an online platform that can be customized for this purpose, which would be a lower-cost option but would still require some design and programming. Other organizations we’ve worked with have bespoke platforms developed from the ground-up or from some basic model, but they can be difficult to work with on slower connections. It therefore makes sense to us to start out with customizing what we have, at least for field testing, so we get a sense of the operational requirements if we need to upgrade or go in a different direction.

2. In the certification model, do you have ongoing conversations with universities etc?

ANSWER:  We do have ongoing conversations with universities in the United States and in the Middle East. We’d like to have at least one university partnership in each location (city) where we work or have partners. In Jordan, CVT’s lectures and some training does align with local curriculum requirements, and participation is accredited for degree or certificate programs. However, we would like to work with Accrediting bodies, professional associations, universities, and relevant ministries to make this systematic. Currently we have ad-hoc collaborations with about 3-5 universities in Jordan, an MOU with one university in Jordan, and ongoing work with a few in Iraq. When we take into account our partners and their university connections, the list gets much longer! We strive to have a model in the Middle East similar to our programming in Uganda, where the CVT training course yields a certificate that is approved and issued by Makarere University. Most US university collaborations relate to research, but provide great ‘bridges’ to sister schools or university collaborations elsewhere. This is something our Program Manager has experience in (university networks across or within regions, accreditation and curriculum development).

3. How are you using the training to build community?

ANSWER: Training often happens in silos, or it can be a blanket approach based on whatever the organizations have access to. Customized training allows clinicians and organizations to get closer to the needs of each population they work with in order to better respond to their needs. For instance, in Halabja, Iraq, the needs are very different than in Al-Qosh, not so far away. Our partners in Iraq are starting to see beneficiary populations that are new to them and have new needs, but who our partners in southeast Turkey have built up quite a knowledge base serving. We aim to connect these organizations and ensure that experiences are shared throughout a common community of service providers who can provide support to one another (and learn from each other), whilst also connecting service providers with new beneficiary communities that they can also engage with, learn from, and hopefully support.

4. What's the feedback model you are thinking about using to evaluate the impact of the training?

ANSWER:  We have a variety of options, ranging from simple pre/post tests to more nuanced surveys that indicate how helpful or useful the training was. When we share information, we also want to see, with evidence, that it has had an impact on practice. With longer term partnerships, we look at quality outcomes over time, rather than information transferred in a one-session event. If you have more questions about this – and some of the ideas and options we would hope to develop to address this important point you’ve raised – we would be happy to connect you to our Research Department.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful questions and for your interest in this important work!

Hello!  My name is Amy-Jo.  I work with Anne.  Thank you for your interest in CVT's Jordan initiatives! Our Jordan program staff are currently working on several different deadlines, and we'll get back to you with answers to your questions early next week.  Thanks, again!

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Thank you for your message!  This submission is still in draft form.  We'll publish it as soon as it is complete.  Thank you!

Kind regards,

CVT staff