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Kabul Adventure
photo taken by Brent in Kabul
by
Dr. Linda Wagener
on
April 16, 2012
| From the Field |

Kabul, Afghanistan: February 19-26, 2012

Brent and I traveled to Afghanistan to provide training and consultations with a relief and development agency. Despite delays due to snow in Kabul we were able to accomplish most of our objectives while there. We worked with three teams for three days of workshops and individual consultations. These teams received our basic workshops on Stress in Extreme Environments, Critical Incident Training, and Conflict Management & Communication. A fourth team was unable to participate in the full training, but Brent spent the final day with them giving them an "essentials" quick course. During our stay there was a surge in violent protests against Americans due to the burning of Korans at Bagram military base.  One team had to leave early each day to return to their compound for security reasons. This real life immersion in the stress of this extreme environment gave a particular flavor to the training, highlighting the relevancy of our content and workshop topics.

Brent and I traveled and trained well together. Despite the many obstacles we maintained our good spirits and went with the flow. Thanks to Brent's initiative we even spent one of our delay days in Dubai taking a desert tour, careening wildly over the sand dunes and eating a Bedouin feast under the stars. Much more fun than spending yet another day in the airport terminal!  -Linda  

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