Twelve eighth-graders of school No. 31 of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, work very hard and consciously in group classes under the program “Children and War. Teaching Recovering Techniques” to overcome their traumatic memories associated with the war in eastern Ukraine. Coaches Olga Pankrusheva and Anna Zlobova created an atmosphere of security and trust, where everyone can talk about hard feelings, fears, problems in the family, unrequited love and much more that excites and worries adolescents at their age. On November 27, psychologists of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project, Irina and Alexey Sukhovs from Kiev, came to support children and coaches. They said that in the first lesson, the participants, together with the trainers, drafted the rules for comfortable and easy work in the group. Among them – respect each other, support, listen up to the end. The guys talked about confidentiality, that is, about the non-disclosure of personal stories at school and beyond. Probably, not all eighth-graders are happy to perceive even the word “rules” itself. But these rules protect the interests of each member of the group and create a safe atmosphere for an effective healing process. We believe that all this will help children cope with their problems, and at the end of classes they will become more confident, free and happy!

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