Hilary Robertson Hickling: The Eastern Jamaica Dream-A-World Cultural Resiliency ‘Transition to Scale’ (ASI 2015)


The Eastern Jamaica Dream-A-World Cultural Resiliency ‘Transition to Scale’
Hilary Robertson-Hickling, University of the West Indies
presented by Frederick Hickling, University of the West Indies

Success achieved from the Dream-A-World Cultural Therapy (DAW-CT) program resulted in the evolution of the New Dream-A-World Cultural Resiliency (NDAW-CR) program for 35 of the academically poorest preforming primary schools primary schools in Eastern Jamaica. A newly established parallel Grade 4 Class replaced the 240-hour two-year DAW CT process with a 1000-hour program spanning a regular school year. This new parallel class accommodated 25 of the poorest academic performers and most disruptive students from the 2014 Grade 3 cohort. A teacher and a guidance counselor from the 35 schools were trained in the five therapeutic modality elements of the Dream A World Cultural Therapy program – circling, centering, culturing, cognitive catalysis and capacity building. A team of three cultural therapy trainers provides bi-monthly follow-up DAW-CT supplementation assistance to the teachers and students of each school program. The NDAW CR program has been videotaped in the classroom and analyzed by AtlasTi, and the students’ academic grade performance has been followed over the year. The ASEBA TR instrument has been used to evaluate the behavioral performance of the children. The paper examines the qualitative evidence of the task sharing and task shifting to other school classes and teachers that the NDAW-CR program has revealed and the quantitative evidence of improved behavioral and academic outcomes of the students trained. The outcome results will provide the proof of concept evidence for the transition-to-scale of
the NDAW CR program to 1000 schools across Jamaica.

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