Leadership Development in NGO’s, FINISH LINE!

It has been a long and fascinating journey for the participants of this training program just like it was for us. Today  it was the last day of the 5th Module for the group of leaders of different NGOs from Ukraine. We are very proud for this group of leaders and managers as they have showed great commitment to this program and have been eager to learn the skills that we were giving to them. We believe that they will apply everything that they have learned in their organizations as they go on. Some of them have already shared with us how it was helpful to them to deal with situations and challenges that were described while the training. We see  this group as once who are talented, skilled, motivated and driven by the vision. The vision that we all share and work hard in order to help abused and neglected children of Ukraine to have a brighter future full of hope and care.

Every participant of the training has received the certificate of the completion of the training program.

As well, ILDC team wants to thank Ruby and Lynn Johnston for their great commitment, time, professionalism and wonderful training.


We just completed Step 1 of the series and had 32 participants - ending the day with extremely eager participants to enrol in Step 2.

Step 1 - Over view of Trauma - Wounded Children Healing Homes
Step 2 - Trauma Toolkit
Step 3 - Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Step 4 - Advanced Trauma Modules

We are so grateful to our partner and team member Jayne Schooler and to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for their contributions to this series. Step 1 - we present the book - Wounded Children Healing Homes by Jayne Schooler and Betsy Smalley and do a foundation training to Child Traumatic Stress In Sept 2 and 3 we have been granted permission from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to translate and train their standardized comprehensive materials for those in the Russian speaking countries.
Step 4 will be materials offered by experts in the area of Trauma - advance and ending our series for certification of participants of the entire Trauma Series.

Next event will be Step 1(2nd time) in January with training for 12 participants at an NGO requesting this training for their team. We are training trainers in this event and will soon have a compliment of national trainers - delivering this across Ukraine.

What a beginning. ILDC (LAMb co-founded and registered this organization in Ukraine) is on the move.




It has been very busy and intensive month for ILDC team.
ILDC has conducted 9 trainings in regions of Ukraine including Kiev city.

Few words about 3 of 9:

Effective Trauma Therapy and Attachment Disorders

 For the first time we conducted training on subject Effective Trauma Therapy and Attachment Disorders. It was 3 days training and it was conducted by Ronda Weber Ph.D licensed clinical psychologist and licensed clinical social worker. Over 30 people came to the training. The participants had lots of question and sometimes even after the training people stayed longer to talk to the trainer. We received very good feedback from the participants. As well it gave us understanding that there is indeed an urgent and growing need for post adoption training in Ukraine. Adoptive and foster parents are literally hungry for any information that could be useful to them in solving their problems that they are facing these days. We were really glad to partner with Ronda Weber and we hope that this partnership will continue.

Leadership and management in NGOs Training 4th Module “Professional Staff Development”

We continue to train leaders from different NGO’s and government agency. The group is promptly moving to the finish line. We are excited for them and for the their future as go back to their organizations and apply skills and knowledge that they have received that this training. They did a great job during the training and showed great confidence that they could do their best for their organizations to be successful. Next week will do last 5th module for this group. After the training everyone will receive a certificate on completion of the program.

Stress, Anger and Self-control

Our office was literally packed with participants of this training. 5 pm is usual time when the training is over and everyone leaves but not this time. Participants did not live until 6 pm. Everyone enjoyed hearing Lynn Johnston and the way he held the training. A lot of useful information and practical examples were very appreciated by the participants.



It has  been over 2 years now since we started to work on the project where Ukrainian national trainers  were fully trained and prepared in Case Worker Core program.  Last April over 30 national trainers were certified and since then many of them went all over Ukraine to train Child Welfare workers, families, NGO workers etc.  This time we were invited to Kyrgyzstan to train workers of the Ministry of Social Security. ILDC trainer Lena Andruhovich will spend 3 weeks in Kyrgystan training folks and preparing them to carry out new skills, knowledge and best practice approach in their own country just like it has happened in Ukraine lately. We hope this scenario deserves to take place in Kyrgystan too. The country that has been going through a number of  significant challenges with national  revolution, change of the government and system. Its looks no different to what we have been experiencing in Ukraine and even to this day.

We are quite excited about this opportunity and we look forward to hear from Lena how everything went.

For those who missed the post where we talked about certification of national trainers click here.



It has been quite a project for ILDC. We have been waiting for 2 years for the opportunity to publish this amazing recourse. Over the last six month we translated the book then edited and proofread it and now it is published. As well, we have already scheduled the date when the book will be presented. After presentation of the book ILDC president Ruby Johnston will conduct a training on the subject of the book.

After this event we plan to develop a pool of national trainers who will offer this training for adoptive and foster families and social workers in the regions of Ukraine.

We believe this book will become very helpful tool for adoptive and foster families and for the child welfare workers who work with the families.

Currently we are observing the situation where many of adoptive foster families have started to have problems with their adoptive children as they grow up. Most of the parents were totally unprepared for the problems they are facing right now. A lot of things were done to help adoptive and foster parents before they took children. But there is very little to offer them after adoption. That is why it is essential to provide them with a resource and train them to deal with the challenges they are experiencing right now.

Once again, we want to thank Jane Schooler for this excellent book and permission to publish it in Russian. We also want to thank our partners “Adults Helping Children Today” for sponsoring translation and publishing the of this book.

We will post more after presentation : )