Johan Pliakas from Stickan and Per Götberg, from the Swedish Church whom also once attended in the group activities with the target group, had a work shop with the staff of Hemstagården on June 20, 2018. Stickan made a summary of what has thus far emerged in the group treatment with the target group.
What they can summarize this far is that the target group talks about different levels of obstacles to make everyday life and weekends manageable and meaningful. Everyone states that during- and immediately after treatment, you are extremely vulnerable and fragile. One of the participants said that is like your emptiness-feelings and the addiction-feelings are at war with each other. You need to fill your everyday life with meaning. Here are some of the suggestions that the target group has come up with:
Stickan also lifted that that the purpose of today's- and future work shop is to start a thinking process with us professionally about how to develop already current treatment and/or start to think about how to develop new support, treatments, models or activities.
The other half of the workshop Per from the church gave a lecture or perhaps rather held a seminar on how the Attachment theory can be linked to our target group. There were many thought shared about what attachment-patterns we all have, but above all, what attachment-patterns our target group has and how it affects them in social relations. It can also be very helpful in getting tough but also thinking about having to respond to them and how difficult it can be with trust.
The stress management and burnout prevention are becoming more and more important. Especially, when one’s everyday work is directly linked with people who have various addiction problems. Work with this target group in order to maintain their motivation is limitless and consequently might lead to the occupational risk of stress-related illnesses.
This was the reason why more than 20 professionals responded to the invitation to the seminar arranged within the project “MUCH MORE” on June 12th in Riga. Among participants were specialists from 1 to 24 years of professional experience in the field of social work. Although burnout affects individuals at all ages and occupations, it is highly prevalent among health and social professionals due to the intense and continuous nature of contact with individuals receiving care at social rehabilitation centres and night shelters. The result is negative impact on physical and mental health which ultimately relates to work and life quality. During this seminar the professionals learnt to recognize the symptoms in order to identify them in early stages. Theoretical part was well-mixed with practical tasks. Prevention and control of professional burnout are of utmost importance, otherwise stress and burnout could lead to absenteeism from sickness, bad quality of services and need to change one’s job. At the end of the seminar the participants admitted that when you know how to manage your own stress, you can be of real help to others.
On May 25th STICKAN hosted it's second meeting. We talked about how to get the target group motivated, curious and interested to participate. Do we need to add something extra to reach them?
One thing to think about in the future EU group activities is that many people attend in treatment programs, employment services activities or work during daytime. Therefore, it’s more likely that more could participate if it was during the evening.
One suggestion that came up was to make flyers and describe something that is connected to activities that makes everyday life meaningful, joyful and inspiring. This idea is connected to all the group activity events that we have had earlier, though the target group have expressed that what's missing in the currently available addiction treatment is something that builds a meaningful, joyful and inspiring everyday life. The group client also said that this should be something you offer everybody after completion of addiction treatment, or parallel before completion.
Another idea that came up was to note on the flyers/leaflet that this EU project is offering activities and meetings with people that are aiming to explore what it is that builds a meaningful, joyful and inspiring everyday life. Example or suggestions that could make this happen is to for example watch a movie together, go to a music concert or listen to a song and analyse the lyrics.