2012 Accomplishments: CBT II, FCIC and COPE

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) II is an R01 project that developed out of the successful completion of a pilot CBT project implemented in Tanzania, in which an adapted CBT model that involves a community-based participatory process for examining the need and applicability of specific CBT interventions for local children as well as how these intervention can be integrated into the current psychosocial support model for orphans and their guardians. In 2012, after finalizing the survey instruments, the Tanzanians trained in the pilot study (CBT I) trained the staff on implementing the survey instrument for CBT II at both the Tanzania and Kenya sites. The local Tanzanian and Kenyan staff will begin the data collection process in January 2013.

Following Children from Institutions into Communities (FCIC) is a pilot study with the primary goal understanding the emotional and physical well-being of children transitioning out of residential or institutional care facilities into community-based arrangements in order to inform policy and practice on the protection of children. This study attempts to assess children’s mental and physical well-being while still living in residential care and then follow them out of residential facility care into other living environments. The data collection is currently underway with CHPIR staff expecting to complete all collection, entry and analysis in 2013.

The Cambodia Orphan Project Evaluation (COPE) evaluates the monk-led intervention by comparing orphans receiving their services with orphans not receiving any care and orphans who participated in the Positive Outcomes for Orphans study (POFO – see pofostudy.org for more information). Over a three year period researchers are collecting quantitative and qualitative data from 200 orphans and caregivers who are receiving services, as well as a total of 100 orphans and caregivers who are not receiving services (the control group) in Siem Reap and Prey Veng, Cambodia, as the research team seeks to account for regional differences in care. In 2012, the COPE team continued to collect data in the final round of collection for this study.

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