Thanks to the generous support of the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation and the work of the Fundación de Asistencia Social Misión Rosalia Cadrón, clients of the two Pascuales centers now have access to a full-time psychologist. Since the summer of 2014, a psychological support program has been set up in Pascuales. The psychologist works full-time at the two centers. Her work involves conducting clinical interventions with the clientele of the women’s center, children attending daycare centers (and their parents) as well as with beneficiaries of the sponsorship program.
Throughout the year, the psychologist met with all the children attending the daycare center, accompanied by their parents, to determine the needs of each child. With some families, she had to carry out more intense clinical interventions. She also organized workshops with parents to raise awareness about healthy eating, non-violent education and how to deal with children with behavioral problems. A few workshops were also conducted with children to help them recognize the limits of violence. She also worked with nursery educators to give them concrete tools to manage crisis situations with some children.
The presence of the psychologist meets a real need and all the actors involved in the FASMRC benefit from her services. Her support to daycare center educators is necessary in order that they may be better equipped to identify problematic cases or better understand the environment in which children live.
It was the president and the director of the FASMRC who saw the need to develop this program. In Pascuales, the needs are very apparent. It was necessary to offer this service to the clients who were already in the centers. Thanks to these numerous workshops and sessions, the psychological support program has proven to be effective and already has had an impact on the community of Pascuales. It supports parents and children in connection with the FASMRC who live in an area mired by violence and poverty.