A Mission that Started in Haiti
The catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, and the more than 52 aftershocks that followed, left the nation in shambles with a death toll of 316,000. The monumental number of casualties created tens of thousands of orphans and children in need of attachment and trauma therapy.
In March of 2012, Small Steps Child Counseling partnered with Maranatha Children’s Ministries in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (To learn more about MCM and our other partner outreaches, please visit our Links page.) Courtney Lewis, the owner and clinical director of Small Steps, spent her time in Haiti educating the nannies, preschool teachers, directors and caretakers of another local orphanage (Three Angels Orphanage) and the directors of MCM. She focused on helping all the attendees understand the importance of their role in developing healthy neurological functioning in the life of every child in their care. Courtney taught them easy to apply, yet crucial therapeutic skills to help each child heal from abandonment and trauma and form healthy attachment. Healthy attachment is the foundation for healthy psychological functioning in human beings.