On May 27, an online meeting of Ukrainian trainers of the “Children and War. Teaching Recovering Techniques” program took place within the framework of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project. There was a meeting with one of its authors and co-founders William Yule, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry (London, England). The participants of the event put William questions, shared the results of their work, experience, discussed some changes and innovations of the program. They also spoke with Kateryna Yavna, the scientific editor of a handbook for practitioners of the “Children and War” program.
Recall that the methodology of the program “Children and War” was developed on the basis of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children by a team of specialists from the Institute of Psychiatry (London, England) and the Center for Crisis Psychology (Bergen, Norway). It was then tested in a number of countries affected by the war or affected by natural disasters. These are Greece, Turkey, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and others.

With the start of hostilities in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the Institute of Mental Health of the Ukrainian Catholic University together with the Ukrainian Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Lviv) and with the support of Dr. Denis Ouhryn from the Royal College of London organized training for trainers in Ukraine. It was at such trainings in Lviv in 2014 and 2015 that William Yule taught psychologists from Kyiv Natalia Podoliak and Iryna Sukhova, who have been selflessly and fruitfully working in our project for 7 years, passing on experience, knowledge and love to new coaches and everyone. who needs it.

Thus, in 2015-2021, the team of trainers of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project trained more than 600 new specialists of the “Children and War” program, who provided assistance to more than 4,000 children and 1,000 adults affected by the war. And since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of our country, about 700 new coaches have been trained, thanks to which in March-May 2022, more than 1,500 children and adults have received “healing from the wounds of war”.

We thank the founders of the “Children and War” methodology for such a practical, structured and effective program, which today helps us in Ukraine to work with the trauma of war. And a special and sincere gratitude to William Yule for this meeting, his time, experience, sincerity, for recognizing the work of our project and the desire for fruitful cooperation in the future.

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