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Helping Hand for Ukraine Update: "Children and War " training held for psychologists in Mariupol

The Helping Hand for Ukraine project seeks to help children suffering from the trauma of war in Eastern Ukraine. Training programs are also provided for psychologists, social workers, and volunteers who work with traumatized children, therapy sessions for children and parents to acquire skills, techniques and ability to deal with their traumatic experience and rehabilitation and recreational camps for children.

HOPE worldwide Canada is a proud partner with HOPE worldwide Ukraine in providing funding for the project.

In February a 3-day training workshop on “Children and War: Teaching Recovery Techniques” training was held in Mariupol, Donetsk region. It was mainly for school psychologists. The framework of the training falls under the “Psychological Assistance to Children Living in the “Red” Zone of War Conflict Through Trainings for Psychologists and Volunteers and Therapy Sessions for Children and Parents” project. This project is implemented by “HOPE worldwide Ukraine” Charity Foundation with support of Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

The training took place on February 19-21 and gathered 19 participants, school psychologists and social workers. It was conducted by psychologists-trainers of the "Helping Hand for Ukraine" international relief project Ira Sukhova, Olena Bozhor and Natalia Podolyak.

During the training the participants learned how to use the “Children and War: Teaching Recovery Techniques” method in their work with traumatized children, who witnessed and suffered from military activities in Eastern Ukraine. They will soon teach children in the "gray" and "red" zones of war conflict to deal with traumatic experiences and stress through techniques of psychological self-help, relaxation and recovery.

If you would like to explore ways to support the Helping Hand for Ukraine project please contact Taras Kulish at

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