October 3, 2016
During their working visit to Donetsk in September 2016, the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Ukraine Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Pavlo Klimkin visited the Kyiv-Mohyla Psychological Rehabilitation Center (PTSD Center) in Sloviansk.
The Center has received support from the government of Germany and the Maltese Aid Service, as well as from donors in the United States through Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America, and other sources.
“We focus on training social workers and professionals in psychology to meet the demand of the current social situation with so many individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress. We receive individuals who are redirected to us who are in very difficult stressful situations and need professional help. Basically we train social workers, teachers and school psychologists to help in times of stress,” stated Dr. Sergei Bogdanov, director of the Kyiv-Mohyla Psychological Rehabilitation Center in Sloviansk and Kyiv.
Immediately after the Russian supported militants were repelled from Sloviansk by Ukrainian forces, volunteers began working with the victims in the local population, who were suffering from the trauma of the horrors that took place during the occupation. Later, with the help of the German government and under the leadership of the Psychology Department of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, a Center of Psychological Rehabilitation was opened. The Center’s focus is the psychological assistance to children and adults affected by the military conflict. A similar center was established in Kyiv by Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with the assistance of the German government to provide assistance to families of veterans ATO, who have been forced out of their homes in Donbas due to the Russian led invasion.