On April 5-8, 2022 Chernivtsi hosted a “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” training for psychologists, social workers and volunteers. Among the 29 participants of the event were local specialists and temporarily displaced persons. The training was held by the lead psychologist of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project Iryna Sukhova. We hope that thanks to the new trainers of the program, children and their parents who found temporary shelter in Chernivtsi will be able to receive psychological help and support.
We express our gratitude to the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University for our cooperation; the university leadership provided the venue for the event and expressed interest in conducting the “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” therapy courses in the city.

Feedback from participants:

Larysa Platash, Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Social Work at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University: “It was extremely useful learning. Firstly, it had the opportunity to update personal resources to overcome the confusion that arose with the start of the war. Secondly, it enriched my treasure box of methodological resources and tools in working with parents and children. Thirdly, I can really provide help to others, this is the focus of learning. Many thanks for the useful practical advice combined with theory. You are doing an extremely useful job”.

Maria Tryfan, a specialist at the Chernivtsi City Center for Social Services: “At this difficult time, it was about gaining new experience and knowledge that will allow us to work with those who need it in the future. Interesting and simple techniques that can be used even when walking down the street. One of the techniques helped me to get rid of the old memory. Thank you!”

Marharyta Kupchanko, operator-psychologist of the Municipal Contact Center at the Executive Committee of the Chernivtsi City Council (Trust Hotline): “For me personally, the training is very important right now due to the war in our country and volunteering. Self-help techniques (visualizations, art techniques) were useful. I filled my “backpack” of resource to the top with new techniques and tools. Thank you!”

Daniela Cheban, Secondary School #16 (Chernivtsi): “The training is very relevant, I received the tools to work with children that I have been looking for a long time. This course was especially resourceful for me, I found like-minded people with whom I can work and implement this project”.

Iryna Horozhanska, a practical psychologist at the Chernivtsi Professional College of Technology and Design: “I found a resource in myself and received a certain therapeutic effect from the participation in the group. The training is profound and informative. No question was left unanswered. I am infinitely grateful for the deep knowledge, intelligence, and experience! Thank you for the wonderful organization of the project!”

Olga Luspenyk, private psychological practice (Chernivtsi): “It is up-to-date. Currently, there are requests from the volunteers who accept the refugees and IDPs abroad and in Ukraine. The most useful were practical moments from the trainer’s experience, exercises, and metaphors. Thank you for your time, support and presence”.

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