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Training a community of volunteers at BRF and Doctors of the World
Laguna Collective will train and supervise a community of volunteers shared by Dokters van de Wereld (Doctors of the World) and St Bootvluchteling (Boat Refugee Foundation, BRF). The formation and development of this community is financially supported by the Fred Foundation and will start shortly.
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Online training METS-OG for BRF, IRC on Lesbos and DvdW in Amsterdam
As of Februari 5th, 2021, Laguna provides an online METS-OG training to a group of psychosocial workers delegated from three different organisations: Boat Refugee Foundation (BRF), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Dokters van de Wereld (DvdW). On the isle of Lesvos BRF regularly collaborates with IRC. DvdW’s participation in this training forecasts the shared formation of a community of volunteers by BRF and DvdW (zie above).
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Pilot and evaluation of Common Ground Works completed
In October 2020 the last pilot meetings of Common Ground Works took place (zie previous information below). A systematic evaluation by use of questionnaires and individual and focus group interviews has resulted in a final protocol, documented in a Handbook for facilitators and a Workbook for participants. The method is also suitable for other target groups. See under Common Ground Works.  
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Online training METS-OG for Doctors Without Borders on the isle of Samos
Following the succesful training of the MSF team in Athens (see below), Laguna provides a similar training in METS-OG during four online meetings with an MSF team on the isle of Samos, Greece. The training started September 16th, 2020.
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Online training METS-OG for Doctors Without Borders in Athens
Starting June 25th we provided an online METS-OG training to a team of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) in Athens. METS is an empowerment-focused working method, collaboratively designed by a group of European rehabilitation centers for refugees. METS-OG is an adapted version particularly designed for application in open groups. The MSF team works within the framework of a program of MSF Operational Center Geneva, and provides psychological support to refugees residing in the Athens area. The training consisted of four online group meetings, lasting three hours each.
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Continuation of pilot Common Ground Works on June 24th, 2020
After the vigorous take-off of the pilot of the Common Ground Works method in March last (see below), the corona pandemic sadly prevented further meetings. Fortunately government’s present guidelines allow continuation, and a survey among IMBY members indicated unabated eagerness to participate. We therefore get going again with great commitment. The first group restarts meeting on June 24th. 
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Start of pilot Common Ground Works on March 7th, 2020
On Saturday, March 7th, the pilot of the Common Ground Works method took off with the first of a series of meetings of a group of IMBY members. After completion of three such series the method will be evaluated, which in the summer of 2020 will lead to its final design. The first meeting was exciting, with a lively group of eleven participants, an active sharing of views, and a dynamic and positive atmosphere.
Visit the page on Common Ground Works.

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