In early December, as part of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project, Irina and Aleksey Sukhov visited their fellow psychologists from the Luhansk region with supervision. They visited the school number 1 of Starobelsk (the former school of railway workers on the outskirts of the city, an old one-story building with amenities outside), where classes for the program “Children and War. Teaching Recovering Techniques” for high school students are conducted by Natalia Kolesnikova and Dmitry Lukyanenko. For the guys, training is a completely new experience, they get used to sitting not at their desks, but in a circle, learn to talk about their feelings and receive acceptance from coaches and peers, even if their thoughts are completely non-standard.

Classes for high school students also take place in the school of the village Polovinkino near Starobelsk. This is a completely different school! Large, bright, modern. This is a basic educational institution where a school bus brings children from neighboring villages. There is a very beautiful design in the classrooms and corridors, in the primary classes there are interactive screens through which teachers introduce new methods of working with children. The atmosphere in the school is also very relaxing, the children run carelessly during the breaks in the courtyard, rejoice in the snow! Looking at the school from the outside, you might think that you are in Finland. But the program “Children and War. Teaching Recovering Techniques” is just as relevant here as in other schools of Ukraine. Tenth-graders under the guidance of Olga Sergienko study the techniques of overcoming their traumatic memories in the classroom. They take the process very seriously. And although sometimes they are embarrassed in front of their classmates and they do not always easily voice their experiences, nevertheless everyone listens carefully, writes down, thinks over, practices. And, of course, with great pleasure they play and drink tea. Very open and friendly guys. We wish them excellent results!

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