A training and methodical center for improving professional competencies in matters of psychological assistance and psychosocial support was created on the basis of the Kharkiv Regional Center of Social Services.
As reported Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv OVA, the opening of the Center is part of the development of the Kharkiv Regional Psychological Service, which was created within the framework of the All-Ukrainian mental health program “How are you?” on the initiative of the first lady Olena Zelenska.
Oksana Zbitneva, head of the Coordination Center for Psychological Health under the Cabinet of Ministers, also familiarized herself with the work of the new unit.
“Providing psychological assistance and psychosocial support to the Russian population affected by armed aggression, especially families with children, is one of the most important tasks that the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration is working on together with the public and international partners.
Starting from March, psychologists of the regional service, both inpatient and on-site, conduct therapy with children, individual and group consultations with parents, provide supervisory support for specialists, etc.
And from now on, there will also be training for psychologists from territorial communities on the intricacies of working with the population during the war,” Oleg Synegubov said.
Today, the first training “How to support children in times of uncertainty” was held for psychologists from territorial communities of the region, which was dedicated to providing psychological help to teenagers. In general, it is assumed that social work specialists, psychologists, educators and doctors will be trained at the Center – those who are currently involved in informational and educational activities on mental health or provide social and psychological services.
In addition, it is planned to create a call center for social and psychological support of the population at the regional center of social services.
“Currently, the repair works of the premises for the future call center have already been carried out with the funds of the regional budget. The purchase of equipment and appropriate training of employees is planned with the financial assistance of UNICEF,” added Vita Kovalska, deputy head of HOVA.
Also, the Center for Social and Psychological Assistance is already operating in Kharkiv Oblast with the assistance of UNICEF.
The Center has a team of psychologists who help develop skills to cope with stress and survive traumatic events. Dozens of families with children come here every day.
Special attention is paid to the families of IDPs who were forced to leave their homes due to Russian aggression.
Forced migrants also receive psychological help in places of temporary residence. Thus, the dormitory of the Kharkiv Humanitarian and Pedagogical Academy currently accommodates IDPs, including evacuees from dangerous communities in the Kupyanskyi and Vovchanskyi districts. Social and psychological services are provided to people on the spot.
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