What is Befriending?
Befriending is a supportive relationship offered to secondary victims of homicide and victims of serious personal violence (clients), to assist with the understanding and processing of trauma so as to promote their recovery. It is a non-clinical relationship underpinned by a methodological approach informed by support and psycho-education theories.
Clients are aligned with two people from our pool of trained supporters (befrienders).
Befrienders provide a series of structured education components via a semi-formal relationship over an agreed time period to people in need.
Befrienders may have had their own personal experience of trauma (though not necessarily violent in nature) from which they have recovered and can draw upon. Befrienders will provide information, education and care via a supportive client focused relationship based on more of a friendship delivery model rather than on purely clinical one.
Angelhands has created a unique training program that empowers our attendees to understand the trauma journey of secondary victims of homicide and serious personal violence and to gain knowledge on how to provide consistent and beneficial support to those who need it most.
The training is delivered and facilitated under the guidance of Dr Ann O’Neill, allowing befrienders to be specifically trained in applying her research and theories, and to ensure that they are able to utilize this knowledge across a broad range of therapeutic modalities.
In addition our training will ensure that ‘befrienders’ and their contact with potential clients:
- Does no additional harm
- Is conducted in a non-formalised but structured manner
- Offers peer support
- Allows for Random Acts of Kindness
Our Befriending Training Program
|1||Program Introduction||Context of Training Program|
|Rationale for Training Program|
|Committing to Training Program|
|2||Helping Skills and Models||Intentional Helping|
|Intentional Helping Models|
|3||The context of victims of crime needs||Theory: Trauma, Grief & CJS|
|4||Assessing and Responding to victims of crime||Assessment Tools & Models|
|5||Putting it all into practice||Delivering the HOPE Program|
|6||Bringing it all together and delivering||Building Office orientation|
|Admin, data entry & Documentation|
|Roles, Supervision and Delivery Plans|
|Close & Celebration|