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After almost a year's hiatus from our work in training and facilitation (while Denny was running for county commissioner in Mason  County and I was his campaign manager)  we are geared up and working again.    Denny is in Naivasha in the Masai Mara in Kenya doing an Africa region workshop for the UN's OCHA (Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).  He was delighted to be asked to facilitate this workshop and to participate in a review of "Lessons Learned" and "Best Practices."  He had worked on its course development and field testing four years ago and had organized and facilitated its TOT (training of trainers) course.   Denny was also  quite  interested in finding out how and if the course had changed and was looking forward to working with some old friends and colleagues and to meeting and working with the new faces on the team....
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When Marcia and I  conducted a three- hour pilot LEAP personal planning workshop for eight homeless veterans staying at “Building 9” we were pleased that the group found the experience so useful.    We are pleased to announce that will be doing a series of these workshops in 2013.  This is a facility established to provide transitional housing at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, in Port Orchard, WA.  The 60-bed transitional housing facility is available to assist those in need of stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and increased income potential. Veterans are surrounded with supportive staff and wrap-around services designed to lead to their successful completion of the program and a successful return to the community.  Once admitted, they may stay for two years.  Building 9 for Veterans focuses on three goals: (1)  Increased residential stability of participants; (2)  Greater self-determination of participants; and (3)  Increased skill level and income potential...
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Posted by on in LEAP Transition Planning
In May and June of 2011 we did a number of different sorts of LEAPs:  two for the CSALT Program at Olympic college (Bremerton and Shelton campuses);   one for a large family with  an overflowing nest; and one for a couple making a huge career/financial transition.  As usual, we learned a great deal from our participants.  Two new ideas were added to the confidentiality contract (I will not make fun of anyone.  I will not judge anyone).  In addition, the students moved so quickly that they were able to complete the objective tree—an extra added step for a LEAPette.  A family of three, mom, pop and college student daughter suddenly expanded.  The family, living together in a small house, faced cross cultural adjustment problems (the daughter and son in law and their children had returned from Central America after four years; and another son had returned from military service).   The son...
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Posted by on in Disaster Mgmt.
In late January, in Montreal for OCHA (the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) DH facilitated an international Bio-safety Clearing House (BCH) Training or Trainers Workshop during which preparations were finalized for the Global Bio-safety Project ll.  He had this to say about the workshop.   “I began working with the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) in 2002 to prepare for the initial 5 year project.  The international organizing conference was followed by two Training of Trainers Workshops, one held in India and the other in Kuala Lampur.  W’hat the project was/is trying to do is truly important.  Essentially it works with countries around the planet to identify, compile data on, track cross border movement of and monitor GMOs -- Environmentalists work together with Information Technology personnel to build government management and monitoring capacity as well as public awareness, public education and public policy linked to GMOs.     In 2008, the...
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In May, 2008, Denny began work with the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance on a three part capacity building program for humanitarian field personnel.  The first element is distance learning, which involves reading 6 chapters related to humanitarian emergencies, which were written for this program.  The chapters are: Humanitarian Coordination, Information Management, Protection,  Preparedness and Strategic Planning, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Funding.   In the initial roll out of the course, 85 people signed up to participate.  Every two weeks, they each completed a chapter and an exercise at the conclusion.  These exercises were submitted to the course managers, reviewed and received a response. Following the successful conclusion of the distance learning component (Phase 1) the participants were invited to and attended a face-to-face training workshop.  In the first year, one was held in Geneva, a second in Mombasa, Kenya and the third in Bangkok.  These workshops focus  on developing and enhancing competencies required for effective performance in humanitarian...
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