Presentation of the “Psychological rehabilitation to IDP children and youth” project outcomes

7 May, 2010

The Center for Social Sciences organized the closing ceremony of the implemented project “Psychological rehabilitation to IDP children and youth” and presentation of the project outcomes on April 20 in the 2nd building of the Tbilisi State University.

The project was funded by the “Open Society Georgia Foundation” Public health program in 2009. The implementation of the project started in April, 2009 and ended in February 2010. The following activities were implemented within the framework of the project: group consultations with the IDP children and their parents, trainings for the parents, trainings on post-trauma reactions and best ways to overcome them, consultations on the age-specific characteristics of children with traumatized experience, behavior management and positive parenting issues. During the training the parents revealed the psychological difficulties they were having with their children and the specialists provided them with individual psychological consultations. The special brochure “Difficulties and overcoming ways in traumatized children and adolescents” was published for the parents. As part of the project, trainings were provided to the psychologists on “Crisis intervention and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prevention”. The project was implemented in Tbilisi’s collective centers and new settlements for IDPs.

The presentation was attended by the official representatives from the “Open Society Georgia Foundation”, International Health Organization, Ministry of Refugees and Resettlement, Parliament of Georgia, Committees for Healthcare and Human Rights Protection, UNICEF, UNIFEM, International Organization for Migration, Ministry of Education and Sciences, US embassy, Ministry of Health, “Children of Georgia”, Georgian Mental Health Coalition, Ombudsman’s office, Norwegian Refugee Council and “Save the Children”.

The project outcomes and recommendations for the activities to be implemented in the future were discussed during the presentation. The psychologists and students participating in the project were awarded the certificates for taking the training on “Crisis intervention and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prevention”