At the Institute of Mental Health, a Master Trainer Training was held in the period from December 2nd to December 6, 2019. This training is a key part of a project called: Caregiver Skills Training for Families with Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders (CST).
This project is the result of collaboration between: Autism Serbia Association (Parent Association), DEAPS (Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Related Professionals of Serbia), Institute of Mental Health and UNICEF on one side and Autism Speaks Organization on the other side. The training of future master trainers for this project will be led by Dr. Pamela Dixon from New York.
The idea for this project was created back in 2016 in the United States by Autism Speaks. This idea was developed due to the recognition of the need to educate parents and caregivers of children with developmental difficulties in overcoming the obstacles they face in raising with their children. This program started in Serbia back in 2018. With the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, a team of adaptation experts, project coordinators, master trainers and facilitators were identified.
The professionals who attended the training were the future master trainers, members of the Adaptation Team, Andy Shih from Autism Speaks, the members of UNICEF, HELP organization, World Health Organization and Autism Serbia Alliance.