Online training "Resources for Coping and Resilience"

September is full of events. On the fifth and sixth of September, 2023, the final online training for legal aid specialists was held, within the framework of the «Helping those who help»program. The event was called «Resources for Coping and Resilience».
When helping others, it is important to be able to take care of one's own psychological safety — we were guided by this statement when developing the «Helping those who help» program. Taking care of the mental health of society is very important in the current conditions.
The two-day training saw both theoretical content and a consolidation of that knowledge with practical experience.
Lilia Oliynykheld the lecture «Informed consent as an element of sustainability» and discussed the following issues:
— informed consent of the client(s),
— informed consent in the context of the right to privacy,
— informed consent in the context of cultural sensitivity.
Continuing the theme of the event, Natalya Pidkalyukdiscussed the topic «Development of mental health services in communities», where she spoke in more detail about the challenges of the modern system of mental health protection, the involvement of communities in this process and options for building action plans for the community.
«We can't always know exactly what caused someone's mental health problems, but that doesn't mean it's a less serious disease than any other disease, or less deserving of recognition and treatment,» Natalya Pidkalyuk concluded.
During the practical part of the training, participants worked in groups to develop local plans of mental health protection measures for the community after determining the needs of the individual community.
The second day of the event began with Iryna Ratzke-Rybak'slecture «Resilience and recovery», where she talked about methods of working in the recovery period.
The practical side of the event consisted of two parts. The first part was devoted to exercises for restoring one's own resources and overcoming aggression and stressful situations, with trainer Ruslana Rudenko. During the second part of the event, the participants shared their own experiences with the work of their organizations and institutions, and developed a map of the provision of legal and psychological assistance in the regions of our country: 

The trainers of the event were:
Lilia Oliynyk, lawyer, mediator, lawyer at the hotline for psychological and legal assistance by Human Rights Vector NGO.
Lilia is a participant in JurFem's support initiatives to help victims of sexual violence and all types of gender discrimination. She has experience in dealing with conflicts in places of assistance to internally displaced persons. She is the author of several scientific publications and manuals on the observance of children's rights and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights (Ukraine).
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!
Information on previous events for legal aid specialists within the framework of the program «Helping those who help»:
Online training «Building dialogue with clients»  
Online training «The norm of life in prolonged stress»  
Online training «Victim-oriented approach: psychological aspects of the work of lawyers» 
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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