Therapy for Ukraine
Alleviating the effects of war
War leaves destruction at all levels. Roads and houses were destroyed, and considerable material losses.
On a material level, everything can be repaired, or replaced with something newer, with or without a more significant material effort.
The most significant loss, however, is the lives of people lost in an absurd conflict. Tens of thousands of people have died so far among Ukrainian neighbors. Children, women, old, young or old, no one has been spared by this war, and it is a tragedy that is happening from all points of view.
But at a higher level, you will find human suffering, which survivors feel daily. It is a struggle waged at every moment, relentlessly, and at the great intensity with deaf grief. These people face a bleak future. Suppose no one helps them, through therapeutic interventions, to normalise the rest of their lives after this tragedy. In that case, the suffering will remain untreated and have effects.
At this time, this is where the next level of help comes in, which only trained personnel from Ukraine can provide.
This is a program committed to the victims of this war.
The program in brief
The Therapy for Ukraine program has an important scientific component that we designed in collaboration with professors from Sapienza University in Rome, KU Leuven University, and Duke University. They provide significant scientific consultancy throughout the entire duration of the program.
As a result, systematic monitoring of refugees will be carried out throughout the entire process, using calibrated tests for the Ukrainian population and conducted in both Ukrainian and Russian languages.
We recruited 18 therapists from Ukraine, graduates of Training Institutes and Faculties of Psychology with experience in therapeutic intervention who could provide a quality service
This will allow therapists based in Romania, recognised by the romanian psychological body, to actively participate in the effort to provide psychological intervention to those who need it so badly.
We intend to assist in severe cases in the project's second phase. A community center bringing together experienced Romanian and Ukrainian therapists would jointly provide therapeutic intervention in these cases.
With a lot of effort from the whole team and a lot of pro-bono involvement of those who have paid attention to this project so far, we have managed to get closer to the initial stages before implementation. But we still need much commitment from more people and companies.
Therapy for children
It is particularly important that therapists in Ukraine are provided with a high standard of training in order to successfully manage the devastating effects of war on the psyche of children in extremely difficult situations: loss of parents, displacement, or isolation.
The specialist training of Ukrainian therapists will be carried out by psychotherapists from Europe who are experts in dealing with the adverse psychological effects of war.
This will ensure that the effects of war are tackled with tools that have proven their effectiveness.
Therapists will be intensively trained to provide emergency therapeutic intervention to children in one of the situations described above.
How can you help
For this idea to be implemented, we need much help. Any contribution to this initiative is appreciated and welcome. We assure you that the suffering of the children, mothers, and parents of our northern neighbours will be reduced through this contribution.
Because nothing is more critical than to reverse or alleviate, through therapeutic intervention, the effects of the war in Ukraine on the civilian population but significantly reduce the suffering caused to Ukrainian mothers and children.
Ukrainian refugees are facing a traumatic experience due to the ongoing conflict in their country, and many of them are in need of urgent psychological and emotional support.
Once the program will be financed, we expect a large number of requests from Ukrainian refugees.
Therefore, we will ned any help available from our volunteers.
Providing therapeutic interventions to Ukrainian refugees not only addresses their immediate needs but also contributes to their long-term well-being. Research has shown that early intervention in traumatic situations can prevent the development of mental health problems and reduce the risk of long-term psychological distress. We will appreciate you effort in financing the program.