Speakers

Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Rommy Acosta-Paredes is the Director of the JUCONI Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Paraguay. From 2005 to 2009 she perform psychosocial therapeutic work with marginalized communities in the metropolitan area of the city of Asunción, Paraguay with children, adolescents and families living in poverty. In 2006, Rommy provided educational care to children living on the street through the programme ‘Abrazo de la Secretaría de Acción Social de Paraguay’ and had the opportunity to look at approaches to the phenomenon of street situations linked to violence. Since 2011, she has been working for Fundación JUCONI as Technical Advisor, training CSOs and government organisations. She has also been developing products and practical training materials based on the JUCONI programme. She led the project ‘Sowing Ideas: Sharing strategies to build safe schools’, which saw 12 schools improving over three years. She coordinated the team of advisers and trainers at the JUCONI Institute, helping to strengthen and train more than 160 organisations and indirectly having a positive impact on more than 9,000 children in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Rwanda.

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WORKSHOP: Identifying strengths in 3 steps: a technique to help families affected by violence understand what their strengths are (with Mary Garriga)

Participants will learn about the Strengths Based Approach (SBA) in therapeutic work with families affected by violence. SBA is a key element for Fundacion JUCONI to help empower children and families with trauma histories throughout their healing process. Tools associated with this approach stimulate children and families to improve their relationships using the resources they already have. Participants will learn and practise a simple but powerful three step technique that lets professionals identify, name, and prove the strengths already present in any individual or any family situation. These strengths become a starting point to build skills development strategies to support the process of recovery from trauma and violence. This tool, adapted from the positive discipline approach, is relevant to JUCONI’s friendship operation stage of its intervention model, when it contacts families. JUCONI also uses it during the intensive and follow up stages with very good results.