Videotraining Association – Hungary was founded in 1998 with the aim of adapting the Video Interaction Guidance (named ’videotraining’ in Hungary) method in Hungary. The training of Hungarian trainers started in March 1999 under the guidance of Dutch trainers. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the framework of the MATRA programme for the social transformation of Eastern European countries. This support enabled the trainers to learn the method directly from Dutch trainers under regular supervision.
In 2001, the first Hungarian trainers defended their videotrainer (VIG) diplomas in Budapest and Szeged. Some of them became trainers of the method after a special supervisor training, which took place in the last phase of the MATRA Programme. The MATRA Programme was completed in 2001. Our association has been operating independently since September 2001.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
To protect and improve the mental health and quality of life of the population (especially families and children), to identify and treat the factors that put them at risk.
To help families, educators and institutions with problems related to children and adults.
The Association aims to achieve its objectives by adapting, disseminating and further developing the videotraining method in Hungary.
Furthermore, it aims to develop and organize activities and programmes to promote and popularize the methods of VIG and other allied professions; to support the development and cooperation of videotrainers, videotrainer candidates and other professionals.
VIG aims to empower the person seeking help, the trainers focus on activation. The method focuses on the potentials and opportunities of parents and helping professionals, or any professionals working with people, supporting their inner strengths rather than looking for faults. It is based on the concept of ’empowerment’, which has not yet been incorporated into the Hungarian language. The relationship improvement method can be used very well to improve communication in adult-adult relationships and teamwork, to support organisational development, and to strengthen situational leadership styles.
THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE DOMESTIC ADAPTATION OF THE METHOD
The basic principles of VIG are a partnership approach, the exploration of family and community resources, inter-professional cooperation, positive psychology and pedagogy, and a systems-thinking approach. These are precisely the principles on which modern national and international efforts are based and are fully in line with the priorities set by the European Union.
The method makes use of video technology in the following ways:
- by using visuality in a creative and innovative way to better understand educational and communication situations,
- it helps to develop reflective thinking,
- by providing effective feedback for professionals wishing to develop their skills,
- it provides effective dissemination opportunities.
The interdisciplinarity of the training, the fact that we have trainers from different helping professions, is of the utmost importance. This is important in Hungary because until now, different professionals have typically worked separately and in a strong hierarchy. Interdisciplinarity contributes to raising the quality of both services and training, and not least to the fact that professionals from previously hierarchical disciplines work together as partners.