“Children first”

In Chile, Dianova participates in a training process for professionals working with children and adolescents

Los ninos primero, children first

The Dianova Foundation Chile collaborates with social and professional communities through educational, training, support, prevention, rehabilitation and social integration programs – Photo: Fundación Dianova Chile, all rights reserved

By Marco Antonio del Rio Anabalon – We are proud to contribute to the well-being of children and adolescents. With this in mind, we have just completed a project commissioned by the Specialized Protection Service for Children and Adolescents of the Chilean Ministry of Social Development, within the framework of the Conectando Saberes Academy. The aim of the project was to support the training of professionals, technicians and supervisors working with children and adolescents, particularly in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

Our approach was to promote an integral vision of therapeutic intervention by identifying and creating the conditions necessary for effective intervention.

At the same time, we addressed a number of themes, including developmental trajectories, sensitive periods of development, substance use prevention and intervention, emotional regulation, motivational interviewing, and territorial and intersectoral networking, among many others. These topics were discussed and shared with around a thousand professionals from all over the country, from Arica in the far north to Magallanes, in Chile’s southernmost region. These discussions took place on our e-learning platform, live via Zoom and face-to-face in nine regions of the country.

project's participants

The project’s participants during a debate and training session dedicated to all the aspects of substance use prevention for children and adolescents – Photo: Fundación Dianova Chile, all rights reserved

The initiative was carried out with a team of multidisciplinary professional teachers from different regions of Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, El Salvador and Argentina. We would like to thank all the participants for their commitment: Nora Vela Parodi, María Eugenia Diamante, Pablo Kurlander Perrone, Javier Lepe Honores, Cristina Arancibia Vaccaro, Pamela Rodríguez Hernández, Ignacio Lepe Honores, Cristina Arancibia Vaccaro, Ignacio Rodríguez Hernández, Ignacio Lepe Honores, Cristina Arancibia Vaccaro, Pamela Rodríguez Hernández, Ignacio Muñoz Crispi, Carmen Gloria Jiménez, Mario Pacheco León, as well as our team of teachers and staff, including Héctor Olea León, Rodrigo Sanhueza Rojas and Sebastián Ramírez Escudero. With their respective knowledge and experience, they formed the hub of the human network that’s been essential to carry out the project.

We hope that we have been able to contribute to the multiple needs of children and adolescents, thanks to the contents shared with those who work with them, and we would like to thank all the participants for their commitment to a project carried out alongside their daily activities and emergencies. We would also like to thank the Technical Transfer Unit of the National Service Department for the trust they have placed in us.

Lastly, we could not conclude this text without mentioning the situation of the children living in the Gaza Strip, of whom more than six thousand have died so far, victims of a senseless war. Naturally, we join all those calling for an immediate ceasefire.