Developing Nations Training Fund
We need your support!
ACBS is an international society but in many corners of the world it is difficult for professionals to attend ACBS conferences and trainings due simply to cost. The Developing Nations Fund helps disseminate CBS in the developing world and provides scholarships for attendees and presenters from developing nations to attend the world conference. We know that our members from diverse backgrounds contribute depth and richness to the organization and this program will lead to a better ACBS for all of us.
Often a very small amount of help can make a huge difference in their home country -- professionals often play a very important role in public policy and determining what kinds of services are available.
Every dollar/euro/yen goes to helping those in need -- not a nickel goes to administration. Since its inception ten professionals in developing countries around the world have come to the the ACBS World Conference, and several trainings have been held in developing countries.
Money collected for this fund is distributed by an ACBS Developing Nations Fund committee, in cooperation with the Developing Nations Special Interest Group. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit.
Won't you help? You may donate via Paypal by using the button below.
Please note that this contribution does not qualify as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, according to USA tax law ... but it's a nice thing to do.
2016 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals were named the Developing Nations Scholars for the ACBS World Conference 14 in Seattle:
- Fernando Parada, Chile
- Edmond Brandon, Sierra Leone - Unable to Attend
- Fatema Ahmadi, Afghanistan - Unable to Attend
2015 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals were named the Developing Nations Scholars for the ACBS World Conference 13 in Berlin:
- Norman Gustavson, Afghanistan
- Roscoe Kasujja, Uganda
- Sook Huey Lee, Malaysia
- Mario Maričić, Bosnia and Herzegovnia
2014 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals were named the Developing Nations Scholars for the ACBS World Conference 12 in Minneapolis:
2013 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals were named the Developing Nations Scholars for the ACBS World Conference 11 in Sydney, Australia:
2012 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals attended ACBS World Conference 10, in Washington D.C., USA. Click a name below to see what they have been up to since then:
- Yoav Van der Heyden, Cape Town, South Africa
- Juan Pablo Coletti, Argentina
- Chhori Laxmi Maharjan, Nepal
- Christian Vonjoe, Sierra Leone
2011 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The following individuals attended ACBS World Conference 9, in Parma, Italy. Click a name below to see what they have been up to since then:
- Manuel Alejandro Garayar Del Castillo, Peru
- Silvia Lucia Melgar Bravo, Peru
- Sylvester Kiche, Sierra Leone
- Hannah Bockarie, Sierra Leone
- Krisztina-Gabriella Szabo, Romania
- Fatih Yavuz, Turkey
- Belal Mustafa, Jordan
- Fabian Maero, Argentina
2010 ACBS Developing Nations Scholars
The Developing Nations Fund began with a spontaneous effort to support two therapists from Sierra Leone, to participate in our World Conference in Reno. One was Sister Liz Onwuama, a teacher and catholic nun, who worked with traumatized refugees during the civil war and trained teachers all over the country to deal with traumatized children. The second was Bondu Manyeh, a social worker, who started the Graceland Counselling Services during the war to help especially women who were captured and abused, at times for years.
They came to the World Conference in part because of a program run by Beate Ebert, a German ACT clinician, who has been in Sierra Leone training professionals in ACT for traumatized people (for more on her program see www.commitandact.com). ACT trainers JoAnne Dahl and D. J. Moran went to Sierra Leone to do trainings following the Reno World Conference (2010).