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Sergiy Bogdanov

 

Centre Director, Dr.scient.med, xxx

 

Education. Psychlogist, Dr.scient.med, PhD in Psychology in Vienna Medical University.

Marianne Ringler laureate for in group psychology and cognitive psychology research.

Focus. Psychological analysis. Member of Vienna Psychological Association (MPA) and Ukrainian Psychotherapy Association.

Scientific interests. Research of psychotrauma and resilience, psychology of conflicts and peace-making. Psychotherapy effectiveness research. Psychometric instruments development. Psychology of development and school psychology.

 

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Tel.: +38 066 0304020

 

 
Oksana Basenko

 

 

Oksana Basenko


Research Associate, Project Coordinator

 

Education. The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Master in Social Work

Focus. Social Work, Psychology, Management.

Scientific interests: Developmental psychology. Research in psychological trauma, resilience, peace-building.

Work experience: programme & project coordination in NaUKMA, V.Pinchuk Charity Foundation, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna

 

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Tel.: +38 095 207 46 35

 
OksanaBoiko

Oksana Boiko

 

PhD in Social Work; Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy'

 

Education. MA in Social Work. PhD in Social Work at NaUKMA.

Focus. Social innovations. Community social work. International organizations and social work.

Academic interests. Social work education; social work professionalization; best international social work practices; evidence-based social work

 

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Tel.: +38067 7344751



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Natalia Gusak


Head of the School of Social Work Department, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor

 

Education. Social worker (NaUKMA), PhD in Sociology (Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Science of Ukraine). Mykola Kravets laureate for practical contribution to the development of Ukraine (scientific, public activity and entrepreneurship).

 

Focus. Social administration.  Social work researches.

Scientific interests.  Methodology of social work researches, resilience, migration and human trafficking, social deviation.

 

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Tel.+38 066 1291703

 

 

Irina Ivanuk

Iryna Ivaniuk

 

Senior researcher, PhD in Pedagogical Sciences

 

Focus. Management and evaluation  of educational projects

Scientific interests. Research of children resilience, comparative pedagogic, civic and intercultural education

 

Tel.: + 38 095 330 92 69; +38 068 579 13 23

 
VitaKachay

Vita Kachay

 

Junior Research Associate, Project Assistant

 

Education. National Technical University of Ukraine 'Kyiv Polytechnical University;

Specialist degree, Sociology;

Research Assistant within the framework of the project 'Effectiveness and Implementation of the CETA Intervention for IDPs and ATO Veterans in Ukraine' (NaUKMA, JHU)

 

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Tel.: + 38 068 117 63 52

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VolodymyrKharytonenko

Volodymyr Kharytonenko

 

Finance/administrative assistant

 

Education: National Technic University "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"

 

Specialization:  Design and technology of computer systems

Previous experience with some UNDP projects on the finance/administrative assistant position

 

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Iryna Schvedyuk

 

Pshychosocial Support Centres Head

 

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Tel.: +38 050 469 6565

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Viktoria Solovyova

 

Head of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center of Pokrovs`k

 

Focus: systemic family therapy, traumatic therapy

Scientific interests: resilience formation in children and adults

 

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Joint Project

 

Joint UNICEF/NaUKMA Project

«Comprehensive Psychosocial Support to Conflict-Affected Children, Adolescents, and Families in Ukraine»

2015 — 2016


In November 2015, UNICEF Ukraine announced the "Children on Peace” flagship project funded by ECHO (the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department)to provide education and psychosocial support (PSS) to conflict-affected children in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions.

 

The PSS component of the bigger EU/UNICEF initiative is a project “Comprehensive Psychosocial Support to Conflict-Affected Children, Adolescents, and Families in Ukraine» implemented by the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and Ukrainian Scientific & Methodological Center of Applied Psychology and Social Work. The NaUKMA expert team proposed a holistic PSS approach according to the IASC intervention pyramid for mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies: help for children on different levels – family, community, school, focused psychological support, and specialized psycho-therapeutic assistance.

 

In the framework of the project, about 800 school psychologists and 4000 teachers in Eastern Ukraine have been trained on skills and techniques to strengthen children’s and caregivers’ psychosocial resilience and coping mechanisms, and to create supportive and safe schoolchildren environment. Besides, all the project trainees were provided with a regular follow-up mentoring and supervision support by the NaUKMA project trainers within the project duration.

 

The project has shown effectiveness of the school-based model of psychosocial support and prevention for children and families.

NaUKMA aimed to build multi-layered intervention system: 1st level for all children – in-class intervention – provided by teachers; 2nd level – out of class for children with higher levels of stress – provided by school psychologists; 3rd level – out of class (school) for children with several emotional/behavioural symptoms – provided by specialized mental health services.

 

The project design was for teachers to use a more supportive approach in all their interactions with all children, both inside and outside of classes. Some specific activities, e.g., stress management activities, undertaken for purposes of improving psychosocial well-being were conducted out of class, but the overall approach teachers use (communicating better with children, creating a more supportive, protective environment, etc.) was found to apply during actual class time as well. The PSS component involved a mixture of specific activities and also an overall change of approach in classrooms and schools.

 

The project supported the NaUKMA Centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Slovyansk to provide free professional specialized assistance for more severely affected children and their families.

 

In general, over 250 000 children and caregivers in Eastern Ukraine were reached by the project PSS programme.

 

The programme still receives positive feedback from the beneficiaries.

The programme effectiveness was confirmed by the research findings. According to the data obtained, the teachers trained were able to help children to overcome emotional difficulties, improve relationships between children and increase prosocial behavior but had no significant impact on hyperactivity and traumatic stress. Those problems could be most effectively treated outside of class by school psychologists; more severely problems – by psychotherapists outside of school. Research results showed reduction of psychosocial distress among children by more than six times (on statistically significant level): stress index of 5,7 % (N = 120) at the end of the programme compared to the index of 37% (N=767) prior the programme.

 

The project was evaluated by the independent experts Michael Wessels, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health (Columbia University, USA) and Christopher Talbot, Consultant, Education in Emergencies (France) as one of the finest projects dealing with PSS support for children in over 50 years of combined experience in emergency settings.

At the final press-conference on 2 February 2017, the Minister of Education of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych highly appraised positive results achieved by the project and stressed on importance of PSS course for teachers all over Ukraine to strengthen psycho-social resilience.

 

Research summary: UNICEF psychosocial support programs for school children in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. Autors: Bogdanov, S, Kovalevskaya, J., Girnyk, A., Chernobrovkin, V., Chernobrovkina, V., Panok, V., Lunchenko, N., Basenko, O., Ivanyuk, I., Eutuhov, D., Lasorenko, B., Savinov, V. 2017

 

 

Detailed information about the project, project team and participants, methodological materials can be found online (in Ukrainian): 

  1. Website of the NaUKMA Center for Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (CMHPSS);
  2. FB page of the NaUKMA Center for Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support;
  3. FB page of NaUKMA Center for Psycho-Social Rehabilitation;
  4. CMHPSS resourse portal.

 

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Centers for Posttraumatic Stress Rehabilitation


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Recent violent military, political, and social developments in Ukraine have had a traumatizing effect causing posttraumatic stress disorder on many individuals in the population.

 

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy established two Centers to support conflict-affected individuals, one in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, and one in Sloviansk, a city in of 100,000 located in Donbas that was the site of fierce fighting between Russian-backed terrorists and Ukrainian military.  All services are provided free of charge.

 

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. The condition can cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.

 

Risk groups include people involved in the events around Maidan, АТО combatants (Anti-Terrorist Operation), internally displaced people (there are approximately 1.5 million internal refugees), volunteers, journalists, and others.

Prevention and treatment require necessary specialized assistance from psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, lawyers to insure comprehensive solutions.

 

There are no expert assessments on the number of people who suffer from psychological disorders caused by traumatic events in Ukraine.  However, some international research findings suggest that 3-7% of people who suffered from trauma may have post-traumatic stress disorders. For military personnel, this index reaches 30 %.  Most of them have no access to free, qualified and specialized services.

 

Established by the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and led by the university's Psychology Department, the programs are held in cooperation governmental and non-governmental organizations, in Kyiv and Sloviansk, such as Donbas National Pedagogical University, UNICEF, Maltese Aid in Ukraine,   Bloomberg School of public health Johns Hopkins University.

 

The director of the Program is Dr. Sergey Bogdanov.  Dr. Bogdanov is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, Head of the Center for mental health and Psychosocial Support and lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Pedagogic at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.  Dr. Bogdanov is a member of the global Mental Health and Psychosocial Network for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants on the move in Europe (MHPSS).  He completed PhD study at the Vienna Medical University and worked as psychotherapist during his stay in Vienna with refugees from all over the world in Caritas Family Center.

 

The Center in Kyiv is located at vul. Glazunova 2/4

in Sloviansk at vul. Tsentralna  12


Centre Materials

 

Socio-psychological factors of stress resilience of children living in the military conflict buffer zone in the east of Ukraine. Bogdanov S., Girnyk A., Lazorenko B., Savinov V., Solovyova V.  // Проблеми політичної психології, 4 (18). pp. 40-51. ISSN 2411-1449

 

Research summary: UNICEF psychosocial support programs for school children in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. Autors: Bogdanov, S, Kovalevskaya, J., Girnyk, A., Chernobrovkin, V., Chernobrovkina, V., Panok, V., Lunchenko, N., Basenko, O., Ivanyuk, I., Eutuhov, D., Lasorenko, B., Savinov, V. August  2017

 

 

PresentationUSA201706  Full presentation. June 14-18, 2017

 

 

 

Florence201705 Full presentation. May 2017

 

Publications about the Centre

 

Visiting the Kyiv-Mohyla psychosocial centers in Pokrovs'k and Slovyansk

Marta Farion.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine's Silent Wounds of War. NaUKMA establishes two PTSD Centers. 

Marta Farion

 

"Music Without Borders" – Chicago Fundraiser for Support of Psychological Rehabilitation Centers

 

 

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