In order to prepare student volunteers for participation in the Healthy Start sessions we developed a 3-hour training workshop. The night included a number of guest speakers from medical and social work backgrounds as well as a practical component for the students to get a feel for what the real session would be like.
The 2nd half of the training workshop was practical advice from experts on how to best approach interactions with different cultures and issues of cultural sensitivity. It also included a hands on components where students could practice the actual HS content and get tips on its delivery.
When dealing with such a vulnerable population it is vital to ensure that the student volunteers are properly prepared and informed. Therefore it is a prerequisite that students attend a training workshop before they attend an actual HS session with refugees.