Teaching Trauma Care: An Evaluation of the Care Corps Training Program in Northern Uganda
Program evaluation is essential to maintaining effective and ethical psychosocial programs in locations that have experienced armed conflict. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Care Corps International, a North American, faith-based nongovernmental organization, which runs a trauma-care training program in partnership with Sports Outreach, a Ugandan psychosocial organization. Care Corps provides training for Ugandans who work with war-affected children. This qualitative study was guided by three research questions: (1) How does the Care Corps model facilitate well-being and hope in Ugandan children? (2) What are the areas of strength and vulnerability in Care Corps' training model in Uganda? (3) In light of the feedback collected, what recommendations can be made to Care Corps? Key informant interviews, an evaluation activity with trainees, and a brief questionnaire completed by trainees were analyzed to determine how the training model contributes to children's well-being and hope, to identify strengths and vulnerabilities in the training model, and thus to provide culturally relevant recommendations for Care Corps.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Care Corp International, Sports Outreach Africa, Pediatric trauma centers, Child mental health, Psychic trauma, Uganda.