This week a team from Richmont Graduate University and Mercer University traveled to Uganda to provide trauma training and support to counselors in Uganda.

Uganda Trip Update

New Realizations

Charity Livingston – Richmont Graduate University Student

Being given the opportunity to travel to Uganda with Richmont has been truly a time of growth and self-discovery for me. My initial thoughts when coming on the trip were flooded with anxiety and self-doubt.

Richmont student Lydia Threatt teaching on the three phase model of trauma work

As a graduate student with very little counseling experience, I kept asking myself “What good would I possibly bring to the clinicians here?” Over the past few days that we’ve been here, I’ve realized that sometimes on trips of this nature, it’s not really about bringing something, but more about having an open mind while connecting with other professionals and gaining a valuable life experience.

I’ve learned that while my background might be very different from the counselors of Uganda, we have so much in common. We all experience stress in our work environments and require self-care. Even our self-care choices were similar such as the use of exercise, eating healthy, and spending time alone while practicing mindfulness. I’ve been able to see that we all come from imperfect families and have a deep desire to see a change in our communities. We all want to see growth in the ways that our family members interact with one another.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder meeting with a counselor during a break

Most of all, I was able to see that the Ugandan counselors were so passionate about the field of counseling and were eager to grow in their knowledge of practical interventions that can be used across all age groups. As we wrap up our time here, I realize that I gained an even deeper passion for the field and a stronger interest in connecting with and working alongside counselors around the world.