Dr. Hong Chea, Developmental Disability Service Program Manager of Caritas’s CCAMH said the training focuses on building capacity development of Caritas’s CCAMH staff and its partner organizations working on disability in Cambodia. “Understanding the theory is fundamental for all occupational therapy practitioners to perform their work effectively” told Dr. Chea. Participants are expected to learn about the overview of basic anatomy, physiology, and motor control theory knowledge for clinical application and to understand the various physical disabilities and its functional implications.
Mr. Balakrishnan, Senior Occupational Therapist from AWWA Ltd and his team of five members facilitated the course. He said the training emphasizes more on theory, basic knowledge and terminology as well as key learning points such as postural control, good and bad posture and how to improve body posture. According to Balakrishnan, this is the first level of the training under phase 1. The level-two training will focus on children mortal skill development and assessment techniques(May 2016) and level three will highlight on how to handle children with developmental disabilities and who need special needs (September 2016). All participants have to take exam at the end of each level. The successful candidates will be invited to attend full-week on-job training with AWWA Ltd in Singapore which is scheduled in 2017.
In Cambodia, services for children with developmental disabilities as well as qualified skill practitioners in this area are limited. Only few non-governmental organizations are carrying out this program and comprehensive training course on occupational therapy is yet available in the country. Therefore, Caritas’s CCAMH sees the needs and necessity of capacity building program for professionals working with developmental disabilities in Cambodia. Soeung Tong Sim, Physiotherapy Assistant from New Humanity organization noted that this training is very crucial for him and to his daily work. It was the first time he attended this course and he reaffirmed that he will share knowledge to his colleagues and parents of children with developmental disabilities.
Caritas-CCAMH is striving to develop ‘one stop service’ for children with special needs, which means all specialized services will be available in the same campus at Chey Chumneas Hospital. “Caritas’s CCAMH has a far-reaching goal to become a leading national level training center in the field of developmental disabilities in Cambodia”, Dr. Chea explained.