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Culture of prevention: Reconciliatio promotes safe environments in educational institutions in Brazil

In the months of June and July, the Reconciliatio team traveled to different educational institutions in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to offer their course: “Promote a culture of good treatment and prevent types of abuse in educational contexts”, with the aim of promoting a protective educational culture.

One of the Reconciliatio trainings.

One of the Reconciliatio trainings.

At Colégio Santo Inácio and Colégio Everest in Rio de Janeiro, around 550 employees and around 150 people, respectively, participated in the training sessions. Likewise, at the Associação Solidariedade em MarchaSOMAR, located in São Paulo, approximately 30 people, including employees and volunteers, received the training.

What topics were addressed?

The topics discussed during the sessions included notions of vulnerability, power and prevention, the reality of abuse in Brazil, the mission of the school in the prevention of abuse, the importance of the educational community, protocols, concepts and dynamics of sexual abuse, as well as as life skills as a prevention strategy.

These training sessions, which were held on various dates between June 20th and July 15th, were led by the Reconciliatio coordinating team made up of psychologists Clara Maria Matuque, Monique Bernardi and our brother Dante Carrasco.

Reconciliatio team with staff from Colégio Everest in Rio de Janeiro.

Reconciliatio team with staff from Colégio Everest in Rio de Janeiro.

Dante shared that these trainings are essential today for educational institutions, “because, in the times that our society is going through, it is necessary for people to have a comprehensive view of the human being, seeking to understand it in its entirety”.

On the other hand, he stressed that “educational environments are a privileged place for the training and development of a child, so it is essential to seek to make them safer and healthier places, with the awareness that prevention has to be alive and to stop a preventive culture must be promoted”.

For her part, Clara María Matuque comments that as they often repeat in Reconciliatio: To know is to protect. She explained that “when an institution knows concepts related to abuse and prevention methods, it becomes possible to generate actions that break the cycle of violence and promote the necessary skills to strengthen students and collaborators”.

“This awareness-raising and training work has a positive impact on the lives of the people who receive our training, as well as on the lives of the people they live with”, comments psychologist Monique Bernardi.

Monique tells us that “the most rewarding thing about providing these trainings is always being able to contribute with prevention, protection and care strategies that allow people to embody a culture of greater zeal and, above all, true dedication to the most vulnerable”.

Conversation group during one of the Reconciliatio trainings.

Conversation group during one of the Reconciliatio trainings.

In the experience of pedagogue Mychelyne Ferreira, who also provided one of the training sessions with the Reconciliatio team, it has been “very gratifying to carry out – in school – a service that promotes respect for the dignity of the human person, since Prevention culture is an extract of a culture of respect for others, which is manifested in attitudes in everyday interpersonal relationships”.

“The dissemination of education about the reality of sexual abuse fosters awareness and enables people to be agents of change and protagonists of prevention in their social circle, which contributes to building safer environments for all”, she added. Mychelyne.

What is Reconciliatio?

Reconciliatio, which was born in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, seeks to integrate the experience and integral vision of the human being through psychology to offer health prevention services and promotion of the integral development of the person.

Its program for preventing sexual abuse of minors and building safe environments focuses on providing courses, consultancies, training and interventions in psychology in order to address this challenging problem facing society and the Church.