FAMILY CLUB TRAINING

Project FAMILY CLUB TRAINING
Objectives

• Understand the key characteristics of the social ecological approach to form a support Group-Family Club for the treatment for alcoholism.

Project Partners IOGT-NTO Movement
Activities

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

As this is a new and eective approach to tackle alcohol problem in Sabah, MERCY Malaysia Sabah Chapter decided to train and transfer knowledge to community leaders and health personnel. The 3-days training covers issues on alcohol misuse in Sabah, how to operate a Family Club, spirituality approach, Servant Teachers to run support groups as well as discussions and sharing of experiences with Thailand’s Family Club operators.Ultimately,the goal is forthe participantsto form their own Family Club support group within their community and reach out to more people in need of alcoholic treatment in the future.

PROJECT FAMILY CLUB TRAINING OBJECTIVES • Understand the key characteristics of the social ecological approach to form a support Group-Family Club for the treatment for alcoholism. PROJECT DONOR(S) Sabah Chapter General Fund PROJECT PARTNER(S) IOGT-NTO Movement LOCATION Kota Kinabalu, Sabah DURATION 27 January– 29 January 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 28 participants from communities and health personnel were trained to run a Family Club support group. NO. OF BENEFICIARIES 28 participants

TESTIMONY BY A PARTICIPANT

“I plan to share about this training with other villagers so that we can form a support group in my village. We will start with our own family rst and this may slowly attract our neighbours to join.”

Locations Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Period 27 January– 29 January 2016
Accomplishments

28 participants from communities and health personnel were trained to run a Family Club support group

BACKGROUND

Family Club is an approach introduced by a psychiatrist, 7ladimir Hudolin for the treatment of alcoholism. The objectives of the club are to achieve abstinence and promote a change in lifestyle with a persistent sobriety. From 1979, 7ladimir’s approach has spread throughout Italy, and in the 1990’s it grew worldwide and became known for eective alcoholic’s treatment. In 2014, MERCY Malaysia’ sta and volunteers went to Sri Lanka for a Family Club training and experience sharing with several Asian participants. The support group has been found to operate successfully as it utilises and incorporates family support with religious support to tackle the alcoholics’ problems.