Ahfad Trauma Centre (ATC)
Ahfad Trauma Center (ATC) is a mental health and psychosocial service unit under the School of Psychology at Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan. Its objectives include support for individuals and communities suffering from trauma and disasters. The Center strives to rebuild communities and their lives, and provides psychological support and health care to enable them to live together, have hope and feel safe. ATC also works to respond to community and individual needs through relevant specialists and special programs for trauma treatment, counseling and protection. ATC provides counseling and other services free of charge.
In addition, ATC offers training programs and counseling, as well as advanced and specialized health and psychological programs. It also offers integrated learning programs and skills of dialogue (IEC) to raise community awareness about available services and the importance of combating the stigma of shame suffered by communities affected by trauma.
Why a Trauma Centre?
Recognising a lack in trauma counselling services in Sudan, Ahfad University for Women (AUW) identified the need to train a cohort of counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrist and social workers in different modalities of trauma counselling and interventions. The War Trauma Foundation agreed to provide training and supervision for this cohort over the course of 2012 – 2013. As a result, the Ahfad Trauma Centre (also called the Ahfad Trauma Treatment and Training Centre) was set up in 2012, now serving students and the surrounding community in the Omdurman area free of charge. The centre is also providing training on psychosocial skills to AUW students, local organisations and governmental bodies.
Ahfad Trauma Centre inspires to become a leading centre in providing comprehensive trauma counselling, therapy and training to individuals and communities at national and international levels.
The Centre helps individuals, families and communities to recover from trauma consequences and strengthen their resilience. ATCs mission is to develop multidiciplinary teams so they are capable of using cultural sensitive therapeutic approaches.
The Centre offers
- Training services
- Therapeutic and counselling services
- Community outreach activities