To Our Wonderful Support Team:
We are safely home and had an incredibly successful trip! Kathy’s research went remarkably well, and there was an amazing response to the training from participants. Keith got a lot of great footage documenting the process and interviewing participants.
The President of the Philippine Psychiatric Association was at the training, as well as 30 other physicians, social workers, and psychologists. They gave the Azusa Pacific University team wonderful feedback on the training and put a lot of work into adjusting it for their culture. The participants voted on a Tagalog name for the Trauma Informed Psychotherapy that translates to "Journey Toward Healing."
Kathy’s team is creating a manual based on the feedback in the next few weeks and will be sending it to International Justice Mission, who will forward it to training participants. Kathy and her colleague from APU, Dr. Sam Girguis, will also provide supervision via Skype as the Filipino counselors implement the new therapy over the next 3 months. They have also asked the APU team to come back next year for more training to spread this form of therapy throughout the Philippines!
Additionally, a partnership was formed with two physicians from Manila with whom we will conduct research on the outcomes of the new therapy over the next few years.
Catholicism is very important in the Philippines dating back to its Spanish colonization; so the therapy and manual turned out to very naturally integrate Christianity throughout. It was also very meaningful to bring prayer and our faith into the training and see it resonate so well with the providers.
Keith's footage will be used by IJM for their own documentary, and he's lining up an editor to create a short video for Kathy's team at APU to include with upcoming grant proposals.
During our time in Manila, our team also prayed with IJM while they did a rescue operation and successfully retrieved 17 women from a brothel, 5 of whom were confirmed minors.
Jake’s caregiver Melissa turned out to be just the right fit. They had great times together while Mom and Dad were busy and, as a graduate student at APU, she was able to participate meaningfully in the research as well. Jake was a real trooper and charmed everybody at the conference.
Thank you again for your support! This training could not have gone as well as it did without God's providential creation of the collaborative relationships for this trip and the vital prayer and financial backing we received from you.
Kathy, Keith and Jake Putman
P.S. – Please click the below link to view a photo album we’ve created just for our supporters. Enjoy!