Psychological support group training for vulnerable people

Psychological support group training for vulnerable people

As part of the ADRA Ukraine project, with the German Federal Foreign Office’s support, another series of psychological training was held last December in Poltava and Zhytomyr in Ukraine. With the support of the Canadian government, ADRA was also able to reach out to women who raise children with disabilities and teenagers on human trafficking prevention.

Despair, fear, anxiety, and loss of the meaning of life. Since February 24, 2022, many people have lived with such feelings daily. ADRA Ukraine’s psychologists are ready to provide psychological support to help people overcome difficult moments and find lost footing.

A particular focus was on women aged from 30 to 65. Their workshops worked on the relationship between the physical and mental state and the body’s reactions in stressful situations. The practical part included mastering simple everyday exercises to stabilise the emotional state through work with the body.

Children drew their fears and discussed them with a psychologist in the process. At the end of the class, young participants aged 4 to 15 were allowed to do whatever they wanted with the pictures. They destroyed not only the sheets but also the fears as they realised they could overcome them.

Teenagers are another vulnerable group. Psychologists gave teenagers recommendations on how to deal with panic attacks. Internally displaced teenagers learned active methods of self-regulation and emotional calming. 

ADRA Ukraine psychological training, with the support of the Canadian government in Irpin, Kyiv region, were focused on women who raise children with disabilities, namely, those with psychophysical disorders.

Also, on this day, on New Year’s eve, psychologists visited the children’s camp “Rola-Kolo” in Dnipro, where children of different age groups from other parts of our country gathered. They held a master class on appliqué as an art therapy activity that helps stabilize children’s psycho-emotional state. Twenty children participated in the crafting workshop.

ADRA Ukraine psychologists trained teenagers in Dnipro on countering human trafficking as modern slavery. In this way, specialists raised awareness of teenagers, examined the essence of the phenomenon of human trafficking, and found out the causes and various forms of this crime, as well as dangerous stereotypes.

In general, psychological support in the form of group training and individual consultations has already been provided to hundreds of people who find it challenging to cope independently with traumatic experiences gained as a result of the war.