JOINT PROJECT OF MTOT AND THE WORLD BANK: 54 SPECIALISTS HELP PEOPLE COPE WITH DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS IN DONBAS
The implementation of the MTOT and the World Bank project on psychosocial assistance to the population affected by the conflict continues in Luhansk oblast. The Minister Vadym Chernysh observed how training of specialists is going and the first results of the project
In 2018, the MTOT together with the World Bank launched a project to train psychologists of secondary education institutions, social workers, specialists for Centre for administrative service provision (hereinafter «CASP»). The purpose of training was to acquire skills in working with people affected by the conflict, or living in a conflict zone.
Trainings are conducted according to special methods of the World Health Organization under the program of individual psychological assistance to the population in a state of distress «Problem Management +».
The program is focused on the rapid training of both professionals and individuals who are not professional psychologists. After passing trained individuals will be able to help the population to overcome the post-traumatic syndrome, depression, anxiety and stress caused by the conflict.
The active phase of the training in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts began in February of this year. Already 54 people passed special trainings, and 13 of them became advisors, or supervisors, who had additional training and provide methodological support to their colleagues.
Nowadays, trained specialists are already participating in the program and help civilians, internally displaced persons, ATO/JFO veterans to cope with anxiety, overcome stress and depression.
The Minister spoke with specialists – psychologists, social workers, teachers about providing assistance and support to the population, asked about their assessment of the psychological state of the population in JFO, the effectiveness of the use of acquired knowledge in working with the population.
The project participants said that to date 41 people received help, while all experts note the importance, effectiveness of the project and used methods, as well as the need to continue and expand this project.
During the discussion, the Minister noted: «An equally important issue is the support of local bodies and their involvement in assistance programs, since stress resistance and the psycho-emotional state of the population affects the stability of society to counteract external and internal destabilizing impacts».
Within the framework of the project, the MTOT closely cooperates with Institutes of Postgraduate Education of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, local and oblast authorities. The training is conducted by the organization «Doctors of the World». Today representatives of CASP are going through training. In total, the project involves specialists from Kramatorsk, Druzhkivka, Bakhmut, Toretsk, Konstiantynivka, Lysychansk, Sieverodonetsk, Rubizhne.
Another area covered by the project is to strengthenresilience of community under a special program implemented by the Israel Trauma Coalition organization. Within the project, Resilience Centers will be created on the basis of Family Support Centersin the cities of Sieverodonetsk and Mariupol.
Trained, psychologists, medical workers, social workers, teachers, representatives of non-governmental organizations will be working in Centers, who will provide comprehensive psychosocial support and assistance to people affected by the conflict.
Under that project, individuals will be trained as trainers and created a cascade model for the provision of psychosocial care and education, trainings on acquiring skills to improve stress resistance. The Centers will be treating disorders caused by crisis, trauma and grief. The therapeutic method will include short-term care, individual, family and group therapy, non-verbal and therapeutic methods.
A hotline will be provided at the Centers for psycho-emotional stress reduction and telephone assistance. Specialists of the hotline will analyze the psycho-emotional state of a person and refer them to appropriate specialists for further treatment. The Centers will be ready for emergency reception of persons suffering from anxiety, continuing normal activities and attracting professionals to strengthen resilience of community.
Project participants and mayors’ deputies of Druzhkivka, Kramatorsk, Bahmut had a possibility to observe work of such centers in Israel in April of this year. This became possible through the unification of the efforts of the MTOT, the World Bank and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine. It should be noted that with the support and participation of the MTOT for the third year in Ukraine targeted at assistance, protection and integration of internally displaced persons.