|The International Training Program of ISPCAN (ITPI)|
ISPCAN works largely in countries where lack of resources, cultural resistance or political unrest has prevented the establishment of critical child abuse and neglect (CAN) skills development, protection structures and data collection. ITPI was designed to address these deficits by building CAN organizational capacity and systems through proven methods, expert consultation and a long-term commitment. ITPI projects result in a region’s sustained ability to provide quality basic, advanced and train-the-facilitator professional education; raise community awareness; strengthen multi-sector teamwork; and work toward governmental reforms.
Child maltreatment is a complex, endemic problem. It is not possible for one single profession to adequately provide comprehensive services that prevent, protect, and treat affected children. ITPI is grounded in the knowledge that collaboration among multiple stakeholders is the single most effective approach in advancing communities, countries and regions. An effective team includes physical and mental health specialists; social workers and case managers; educators; legal, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel; government officials and media representatives.
ITPI Project Goals
ITPI CAN professional team trainings and initiatives are based on local needs. They are, therefore, context specific. However, there are goals in common with each project.
ITPI Training MethodologyEducational workshops or seminars include participatory techniques based on adult learning principles. These techniques provide opportunities for active participation, cross-disciplinary sharing of experiences, case studies, visual aids and individual reflection.