Alumni group seeks opinions on planned initiative

| 11/11/2015
Cayman News Service

Janet Walters of Northern Caribbean University

(CNS): The Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Alumni Association is seeking public input on a community-education initiative slated for 2016. Janet Walters, director of programme developers, NCU’s Community Counselling and Restorative Justice Centre (CCRJC), will be discussing plans at a 19 November meeting at Cayman Academy on Walkers Road.

The discussions will focus on three skills-training exercises aimed at responding to needs identified by the chapter’s executive committee. The seminars will target parents, youth, and/or young fathers/young men. The planned seminars will generally comprise six or eight sessions of two hours each.

At the upcoming meeting, attendees will learn about the effectiveness of community-intervention initiatives such as those offered by the CCRJC and details of the three identified programmes. Walters is also expected to demonstrate some of the skills to be taught in the seminars. The meeting will end with a question-and-answer period, in which attendees will have an opportunity to participate in programme selection and otherwise provide feedback.

Walters explained that the training programmes are collectively aimed at achieving better informed and skilled parents; building stronger, more supportive, responsible families; improving parental effectiveness; reducing teenage pregnancies, and abuse and neglect of children and youth; and developing a stronger sense of self and a greater commitment towards self-development. The programmes are also designed to help decrease the number of “at-risk” youth and associated crime rates.

Walters has been a practising counsellor for more than six years. She holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family, and is pursuing a doctorate with the same emphasis.

NCU, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship institution of higher education administered in Mandeville, Jamaica, is jointly owned by Adventists in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas.

For further information, visit the Cayman chapter of NCU alumni website


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