Online training: “Resilience and recovery. Or, how to continue living with ‘all of this’”

On the weekend of August 12 and 13, 2023, we held the final online training for professionals who provide psychological and psychosocial aid, entitled “Resilience and recovery. Or, how to continue living with ‘all of this’”. The event took place within the framework of the “Helping those who help” program.
The NGO Human Rights Vector has developed the “Helping those who help” program for specialists who provide legal and psychological assistance to victims of the Russian Federation's war against Ukraine, because while helping others, we often forget about ourselves. The program combines lecture and interactive practical elements aimed at working with clients and caring for the own condition of the specialists providing assistance. An important part of the Program is the creation of a dialogue platform and exchange of experience to further strengthen intersectoral professional communities.
Taking care of the mental health of society is one of the most important factors in the recovery of our state. We are pleased that this opinion is shared by many professionals in the aid professions. To date, 506 psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, social workers and others have applied to participate in events for specialists who provide psychological assistance. Such a large request emphasizes the importance and necessity of the program. The number of places in the events was limited, so only the most active were able to take part in the trainings. In total, 163 specialists took part in the psychological trainings of the program.
During the online training “Resilience and recovery. Or, how to continue living with ‘all of this’”, the participants listened to the following lectures:
✔ «The development of mental health services in communities» by Natalie Pidkalyuk.
✔ «Personal and group resources for overcoming prolonged crisis states and situations. Methods of work in recovery periods» by Iryna Ratzke-Rybak.
The practical part of the first dayof the event was devoted to the development of a map of mental health in communities in Ukraine, where specialists from different parts of our country presented their work and the specialization of the institutions, institutions, and organizations in which they work.

On the second day, the participants worked with Iryna Ratzke-Rybak and Ruslana Rudenko, who shared their own techniques for dealing with various stressful situations and invited the participants to share their own recovery techniques that they use not only for clients, but also for themselves.
More about the trainers of the event:
Natalia Pidkalyuk, psychiatrist, Trauma Focus trainer (Institute of Neuropsychotherapy, Austria), head of IPSI NGO.
Natalya participates in educational projects on group psychoanalysis (APPU), clinical hypnosis (APPU), reconsolidation of traumatic memories (randrproject), and crisis leadership programs (Center for Humanitarian leadership).
Natalya has 20 years of professional experience, 12 of which she worked in a psychiatric hospital in various departments (acute conditions, neuroses, gerontology, she headed the department of coercive medical measures with enhanced supervision). In 2017, a center for medical and psychological rehabilitation of stress disorders was created as part of the polyclinic together with the local authorities. Since December 2021, she has been conducting private practice and is the head of an NGO: IPSI.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, IPSI has provided psychosocial support services to people affected by the war, with individual consultations and group classes. In total, supporting more than 10,000 people. This work is done both on the grounds of the Center and in the Khmelnytskyi region. It also conducts trainings for people in aid professions on the prevention of professional burnout, and organizes educational events for psychologists.
Iryna Ratzke-Rybak, psychoanalyst, group analysis trainer, family therapist, supervisor.
Iryna is the Head of the Department of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Couples and Families, a supervisor and training analyst at the Association of Psychologists and Psychotherapists of Ukraine (APPU), a delegate of the European Federation of Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (EFPP), a full member of the Group Analytic Society International (GASI). She has more than 20 years of experience as a therapist and training analyst in individual and group therapy. An important aspect of her work is the training of specialists and supervision of other supervisors. She has international training in trauma work (Israel).
Iryna provides group psychological and psychosocial support to women and children who are forced migrants from Ukraine in Germany at EBW (Evangelical Academy).
Ruslana Rudenko, psychoanalysis-oriented psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults and families.
Ruslana has additional specialization in trauma work and Jungian Sand Play therapy. Supervisor, teaching analyst at Odesa Psychoanalytic Society (OPS). Teacher at the Odesa Psychoanalytic Institute of Postgraduate Education.
Ruslana holds lectures for parents and OPS students on attachment theory, child psychology, play psychotherapy and child psychoanalysis, as well as non-analytic methods of trauma therapy. She participates in the organization of seminars and conferences of the OPS.
Social activities: organization of social projects for overcoming trauma and preventing psychological burnout for volunteers, servicemen, IDPs and social workers; psychological support for military personnel and their family members.

The event was moderated by Valeriia Rybak, director of Human Rights Vector NGO.
We thank the trainers and participants for their fruitful work and the warm feedback!
General program of activities of the project «Helping those who help»: 
For reference: The project «Helping those who help» is implemented by the NGO Human Rights Vector with financial support from the European Union, within the framework of the Stiykist Program. The Stiykist Program is a 30-month project funded by the European Union and implemented by ERIM in partnership with the Black Sea Trust, the Eastern Europe Foundation, the Human Rights Houses Foundation and the Human Rights House in Tbilisi. The project is aimed at strengthening the resilience and effectiveness of war-affected CSOs and civil society workers affected by the war in Ukraine, including independent media and human rights defenders.

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