One of the major achievements of the UKSLTG and Samutthãna is the establishment of Sri Lanka’s first training course in Clinical Psychology. At the time of the tsunami, Sri Lanka could identify only six Clinical Psychologists in the country and reports on the psychosocial response to the tsunami by the WHO and others highlighted the country’s need for trained psychologists.Read more
In 2015 a joint application between World Vision and Samutthãna to the European Union on a project on empowering women in the post conflict zone in Northern Sri Lanka was successful and the project was implemented between 2016 and 2018.
UKSLTG have been working with Samutthãna to promote service user empowerment and involvement in Sri Lanka since 2014. The project has been led by Diana Byrne who has volunteered with the UKSLTG and Samuthana for over a five-year period to promote the Recovery College philosophy.
The Blossom Trust has generously funded several projects in the Northern districts including a training program for counsellors working with the Sri Lankan charity, Family Rehabilitation Centre that focused on working with victims of trauma including survivors of torture.
Dr Lorna Fortune and Dorian Cole from the UKSLTG executive committee conducted a CBT course with a series of linked workshops and integrated supervision, over a 6 month period, when they were volunteering in Sri Lanka with Samutthãna.