About the ICDP-USA Program
ICDP & CCWF's
CCWF's Belarus Partner Andrey Makhanko, CEO of Ponimanie (Understanding INGO) spent a few days at the CCWF Office in Geneva, Illinois and attended the Parent/Child Learning/Discussion Group (ICDP) - as his team in Belarus will be starting up ICDP also in the coming year!
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The International Child Development Program (ICDP), provides a comprehensive psychosocial approach to strengthening adult caregiver/parent - child relationships. We focus on strengthening Empathy between Caregivers and Children. Empathy provides the foundation of attitudes and values, which motivates caregivers, enabling them to feel and communicate their love and to guide them in the positive development of their children. Expanding community members’ “zone of empathy” also underlies a community-based expansion/replication program with Community Trainers supervising Community Facilitators of Caregivers/Parents, and supplemental programming for their children.
The Three ICDP Dialogues promote human development within eight Guidelines shared by community- based facilitators under contracts of facilitator-caregiver trust, through facilitated caregiver learning/ support groups (12-16 sessions) that are sustainable over time.
➤ Emotional Dialogue focuses on an exchange of positive emotional expressions between caregiver and child that lead to a secure attachment between them
1. Showing love and positive feelings;
2. Following and responding to the child’s initiatives;
3. Establishing personal dialogues; and
4. Praising and giving confirmation to the child.
➤ Comprehension Dialogue promotes the child’s understanding of the world through enriching dialogue, leading to a child’s cognitive development:
5. Helping the child to focus on things, situations in the environment;
6. Conveying meaning and enthusiasm to the child’s experiences; and
7. Expanding and enriching the child’s experience.
➤ Regulative Dialogue provides guidance and support to children’s actions and sets limits to their behavior in a positive way - this enhances the ability of children to plan step-by-step, to preview the consequences of their own behavior and to develop self- control:
8a. Setting limits in a positive way, offering alternatives for what the child is not allowed to do;
8b. Regulating and guiding the child’s actions and projects; and
8c. ICDP-USA : Empathy in Parenting-Childrearing & Positive Discipline (focus on good communications and alternative discipline which promotes the child/youth’s development and self-control).
YEAR 1 : MAY 2011 - APRIL 2012
May 2011-April 2012 Outcomes and Next Steps May-December 2012
· In May/June 2011, Child Rights and Protection Consultancy initiated discussions with the International Child Development Programme (ICDP-International Founder Nicoletta Armstrong, aiming to adapt and introduce the ICDP program in Chicago, IL - in a pilot phase as a trial to how valuable the program could be for parents, caregivers, children and youth in the United States of America.
· From July to September 2011, the ICDP program was reviewed, adapted, developed and first-version educational materials, manuals, handbooks and videos were produced to pilot in West Pullman, Chicago- hosted at the St. Titus One M.B. Church.
· In October 2011, eleven professionals and one university student were invited to join the ICDP Training program to learn the Caregiver Program (Level 1), and consider continuing on to become Facilitator Trainees (Level 2-Jan-March 2012) and possibly even Trainers (April-June 2012 Training).
· In November 2011, Crest Foods donated $5,000 to the ICDP-USA project to develop the first ICDP-USA Pilot in West Pullman, Chicago, and Rotary Club-International contributed an additional $ 400 to print ICDP-USA educational materials for the upcoming Facilitator Trainees to use with Parents & Caregivers.
· Of the 12 initial West Pullman trainees who attended the ICDP Training in Nov/Dec. 2011, 11 proceeded to the second level of Facilitator Training, advancing toward certification to conduct their own Caregiver Learning Programs in Jan-March as part of their Facilitator Training process. The student who began with the group repeated the program and continued Caregiver Training in one of the Jan-March Caregiver Learning Groups - so 100% Retention was completed in the first 6 months.
· From November through January, Facilitator Trainees also completed their Reflective Self-Study on the Guidelines and principles of ICDP.
· In December 2011/January 2012, significant changes were made to adapt the ICDP-USA materials (based on Norwegian and Colombian materials, with USA enhancements - for Chicago) - including a new Facilitator Manual with Lesson Plans, which had not been developed before.
· Throughout Jan-End March 2012, the 9 of the 11 Facilitator Trainees conducted a total of five Caregiver Learning Groups (Trainings) throughout the Chicagoland area: (K.Svevo/A.Chambers, G.Jones/N.Sparks, G.Gore/L.Bryant, M.Jones/C.Capler, and C.Rich/K.Svevo). Two deferred completing their Facilitator training until summer 2012.
· Between Jan-March, 4 Caregiver Trainings were conducted in West Pullman, and 1 at the CRPCI office in Geneva with : 4 facilitator Trainees and 15 Caregivers.
· At the end of February 2012, Kimberly Svevo/Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation, signed a formal agreement with ICDP-International to be the official Representative of ICDP in the USA.
· UK Founder and ICDP Chairperson and Trainer Nicoletta Armstrong came to Chicago first week March 2012 to observe/test the Facilitator Trainees and to certify the 8 Trainees who completed the training as the first ICDP US Facilitators (a total of 3 Facilitators deferred completing their training for summer 2012), Dr. Armstrong initiated Training for 5 of the qualified Facilitators (K.Svevo, A.Chambers, G.Gore, M.Jones and C. Rich) as their first step in going on to Trainer Level (Level 3).
· The first two Pilot Phases - Oct-Dec 2011 and Jan-March 2012 confirmed that the establishment of ICDP-USA advances positive community development and violence prevention program tol meet critical support needs in West Pullman and in other at-risk Chicago communities that suffer poverty, lack of upward mobility, higher family/community stress and violence, few jobs, and lower educational achievement.
· In March 2012, CCWF Board members K. Svevo and R. Cianci attended the ICDP International Facilitator Workshop in London, England - preparing
· April 22-24: K. Svevo and D. Peterson presented on ICDP & IYD at the National Indian Child Welfare Conference (NICWA).
· On April 26, K. Svevo hosted the Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation LAUNCH in Chicago - introducing ICDP & IYD to their Chicago friends, partners and colleagues. Funds were raised to continue the West Pullman project May-August, and produce revised educational materials for the next phase.
· In late April 2012, the results of the first 12 months of investment in developing ICDP-USA were collected for May 2012 Reporting.
· April planning took place for the May - December 2012 ICDP-USA Phase.
· In April - May, 2012, Educational Materials, including photos, videos, Caregiver Handbooks and Facilitator Manuals/Lesson Plans, with new Violence Prevention Lessons/ Materials, were developed to be piloted further the next session.
YEAR 2 : MAY 2012 - DECEMBER 2012
• In May 2012, Year 1 results were analyzed and incorporated into revised ICDP-USA Educational Materials.
• May 6/12: ICDP Facilitator Training Workshop was given by K.Svevo and C.Rich for 4 new Facilitator Trainees: M. Tu, continuing; and new: L.Knutsen, K.Styles and J.Halloran)
• In April/ May, new groups were organized as follows:
• ELGIN : May-July 2012
Co-Facilitators - K. Svevo / Mai Diem Tu (Trainer/Supervisor K. Svevo)
Caregivers - Lisa ___, Prabha Ravi, Becky Burns, Adriana Bariga, Tatyana Bessanov?
Students - Siyona Ravi
- HUMBOLDT PARK: June-August 2012
Co-Facilitators - K. Styles / J. Halloran (Trainer/Supervisor: K. Svevo)
• Two continuing groups will also take place this summer:
- GENEVA: May-August 2012
Co-Facilitators - C. Rich / L. Knutsen (Trainer-C.Rich, Supervisor-K. Svevo)
Caregivers - Trisha, Erica, Jamie, Christian?
- WEST PULLMAN: July-September 2012
Co-Facilitators - Tashia & Min. Stewart ? (Trainers-A. Chambers/G. Gore, Supervisor: K.Svevo)
• Geneva: October 25th & November 1st 2012
Facilitator - Kimberly Svevo-Cianci
• May 31: K. Svevo and R. Cianci will present ICDP-USA in Soweto, South Africa to colleagues of COPESSA, an organization of Dr. Nobs Mwanda.
• June 29: K. Svevo will present an ICDP-USA introductory workshop at the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children.
VACCINE AGAINST VIOLENCE
The ICDP program is established in thirty countries around the world as national programs, and as intervention programs throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The program supports children, families and communities with high levels of violence or other problems, such as family stress or special needs, domestic violence or child maltreatment.