Overview of Baños (Ecuador) ADS Class

(The following article has been shared by NADA ADSes in Ecuador with the rest of the NADA International community.)

Point location was presented Friday night. Our class consisted of 5 bilingual students: two Ecuadorians, two North Americans and one Spanish. Ages ranged from 21-48. After practicing on each other Saturday morning we set up clinic for friends and family. The first clinic day students treated ears. The second clinic day the students treated people with ears.

With our didactic training we created a document to record information on each person the students practiced with. The students practiced on a minimum of 50 people. This allowed us to review unusual situations that arose during practice. It also allowed us to asses our work statistically.

The students seemed to experience no cultural bias in performing the treatments. There were eight weeks between the first weekend’s class and the second weekend’s class. This allowed everyone time to achieve their required practice numbers. The settings in which they fulfilled their practice were extremely varied, bookstores, private homes, offices and an open market. In all the settings the recipients returned and brought friends and family because their experiences led them to want to share the feeling of wellbeing that they felt.

Our training manuals were made available before class started so the students came prepared to discuss ADS’s standards, ethics, confidentiality issues, clean needle technique and other basic topics. Our discussions before the 50 patients per student were not as in depth as after, when they could bring their own personal experiences into the mix.

In our second weekend of training the students designed their own clinic. This was in a rented space and open to the public at large. Each clinical practice brought us more information to learn from and discuss. By the end of the third weekend’s clinic the students were comfortable, relaxed, and professional in their approach and manner with the clients. They also became more at ease with the irregular influx of clients. They would not become overwhelmed when a group arrived.

Over the course of the class we created client information forms, daily log forms, and incident reports. This paperwork helps prepare each student in their organization of their own treatment settings. We advertised through word of mouth, radio interviews and written notices distributed in town. The treatments were well received. In our three weekends of training we served almost 100 people. There are now requests for regular treatment availability.

We are currently working upon fulfilling that request.

Work in progress. We’ll keep you posted.

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