To whom it may concern:
As Team Leader of the Crisis Preparedness Team, which is part of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA), we recruited Marion Gibson on to our team 7 years ago as an experienced Practitioner and Trainer in the provision of Psychological Support following traumatic incidents.
Our International team of four has undertaken training to all denominations of Chaplains, Volunteer Workers, Port Authorities, Ship Owners, Local Politicians, and Representatives of the Maritime Trade Unions representing the maritime industries around the world who were gathered at major conferences held in the Philippines, South America, India, USA, Africa, Poland and Cyprus.
We met a wide variety of challenges of language, cultural sensitivity, local laws and the needs of those involved in Teams working in major Ports and isolated lone workers in minor ports. As a Team we have had to listen and then to adapt our training to meet challenges as murders on board, suicide incidents, ill treatment of seafarers, illegal immigrant ship, serious injuries to seafarers as a result of accidents on board and multiple deaths when ships are lost, piracy and ships involved in child abduction.
We have also had to learn to undertake teaching while working with local interpreters.
Our training Course lasts for two days and includes such subjects as Strategic Planning for responding to a maritime disaster, Collaboration with other emergency Services, Care of the bereaved, the injured seafarers, their relatives and fellow crew members.
We are now involved in committing this training and work to an interactive DVD which will be distributed globally to all organisations within ICMA to assist enhance the skills of all staff and volunteers. Marion is heavily involved in this creative and innovative work.
Marion's particular contribution to the Teaching programme was 'Planning for People care in the aftermath of tragedy and Care for the Helpers'.
She has been fully involved in the planning of these courses and the delivery of the programme which has required a flexible and sensitive approach. In this task her experience and skill was invaluable. The other members of the team always noticed that throughout her time, in the various locations, she was involved in many informal confidential sessions with individuals who sought her advice and support for their individual traumas. She has listened to many hours of horrific recollections and seemed to be able to help the individuals in a unique way that was appropriate for their particular need.
She is a highly valued member of the team.
She is an example of how lessons learned in responding to the community challenges of civil disturbance in Northern Ireland can be used to assist others who face similar levels of trauma in very different circumstances.
Crisis Preparedness Committee