New AVO in Japan
The editor wishes to thank the Japan AVO for generously submitting the pictures. Originally published July 24, 2018
Since April of this year, a new AVO has been hard at work in Japan. The Validation Teachers Association of Japan have created a dynamic and far reaching plan for offering Validation training and spreading information throughout the country. With a team of certified Validation Teachers and many supporters, they are offering Level 1, Worker courses in Kagoshima and Tokyo, and a Level 2 Group Practitioner course this year and planning a Level 3, Validation Presenter/Teacher course in 2019. Workshops with Vicki de Klerk-Rubin are being scheduled for next year, particularly in areas where older adults are struggling to resolve traumatic events from war, earthquakes and nuclear disasters. Survivors of these events need the validating support of caregivers and families.
Another important success was getting a subsidy from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Participants in Validation Worker courses can get financial support for their career development.
Meet the team responsible for this wonderful development.
Pictures of the Japan’s AVO top administer, Mr. Kuroiwa in Okayama helping a Group Home for older adults after the flooding disaster of July 7th.
About the author
Vicki de Klerk-Rubin is a certified Validation Master Teacher, the Executive Director of the Validation Training Institute (VTI) and the daughter of Naomi Feil, the founder of the Validation method. Validation combines a humanistic theory, an empathetic, ‘person-centered’ attitude with verbal and non-verbal techniques which enhance communication with people who live with cognitive decline. VTI promotes the use of Validation throughout the world by supporting the 23 training centers and 430 Validation Teachers.