REGI training programm was launched on the 21st of November 2016. Heivi Mäekivi, a psychologist in Rakvere Social Centre and municipal schools, focused on the topic important to the professionals working in the community – „The Early Noticing of Problems Arising among the Children Living in Transnational Families“.
Intensive training day was filled with both theoretical knowledge as well as practical activities. „My message today to you is that it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye“, Heivi Mäekivi said. „When the family is due to the work-related reasons, a lot of problems, not known in families with both parents present, may arise. In such cases, quite often there is a deficit of resources in the family. When the parent lacks resources, the child will most probably lack them as well and that will be revealed in the behaviour of the child.“
Heivi Mäekivi gave an overview to the professionals on what is a well-functioning family; which development phases take place with a family life when one of the parents starts working abroad. The group learned how to recognize risk signs in child’s behaviour. “The goal is that the professionals working with children or the family would learn to understand and not to condemn. When they understand in which phase the family finds itself, they will understand which resources they lack and can actually offer the help that is needed“ Mäekivi said concluding the training day.
The feedback of 17 professionals participating in the training day was very positive. Almost every specialist faces the issues that the REGI project focuses on, i.e. the problems resulting from the work-related migration, the prevention and the prossibility of finding solution to such problems. The acquired knowledge can successfully be implemented in everyday work and the transnational families can get the support they need.