On Saturday, June 13, 2015, our psychologists went to Korostyshiv (Zhytomyrska oblast) within the initial stage of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project to conduct the fifth therapy sessions for children, traumatized by war in Eastern Ukraine. The sessions have been conducted in the temporary camp for IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Korostyshiv.
Psychologists worked with three groups of children: the youngest ones (6-8 years old), older kids (9-11 years old) and a group of teenagers. Each group consisted of 8-10 participants. This time therapy sessions focused on how our body and mind reacted to stress and how to cope with it. The children learned relaxation techniques and dream hygiene, which help to cope with nightmares.
On Saturday the psychologists also held a third sessions with a group of five parents. They talked about visualization techniques and learned how to use them to help their kids. According to psychologists, the parents need individual psychological support, thus the therapy sessions for parents are in demand.
After the sessions, our supervisor and professional trainer Natalya Podolyak, provided consultation and methodic support on spot for the team of ten psychologists. This week, the psychologists will go to Korostyshiv again to conduct the next therapy session for children and parents. In total, they plan to hold six therapy sessions and one sum-up session for each group of during the initial stage of the project.
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