Employee of the Month: Diba Ferdowsi October 23, 2018 by Azadeh Akbari Diba Ferdowsi graduated with a Master of Science (MSc) in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London in 2015. Soon after graduating Diba started working at OMID Center in Tehran where she helped launch a Special Education Program, Parvaneha. Parvaneha is devised for young women with extreme traumatic pasts, who need individualized therapeutic support and help with adapting and integrating with others. Enrolling in the main OMID Program becomes overwhelming for such fragile young women. Parvaneha provides a gentle transition from their horrific pasts to their future at and beyond OMID. The name, meaning butterflies, was chosen by the young women to reflect their symbolic change from a small, vulnerable caterpillar to a beautiful powerful butterfly. Currently, in addition to planning the curriculum for Parvaneha, and teaching a number of English classes, Diba trains staff members in providing trauma informed care. Her role further expands into one-to-one therapy, where as a psychologist she has individual sessions with some of the young women, fostering improved mental health and supporting them in their journey towards healing, growth and empowerment. Speaking of her experience of working at OMID, Diba says:“OMID, as its name implies, is all about ‘hope’; not only for the young women in its care, but also for us as members of staff. OMID has been a ‘dream come true’ place for many people and especially for me. I have had the opportunity to not only enhance my professional development through various trainings, but also my personal development through working closely with the girls.” Click here to find out more about our current vacancies and opportunities to work with OMID Foundation.