The project hope (helping to cope) aims at training and supporting Ukrainian (school) psychologists to provide optimal support after traumatic events in the course of the current war with a special focus on children.
Children and adults in Ukraine are currently at high risk of experiencing traumatic events, which can seriously impact mental health. Adequate psychological support hast been shown to significantly mitigate adverse consequences. A group of Ukrainian and German psychologists therefore initiated the project hope, which is led by Prof. Dr. Johanna Böttcher (PHB) and Prof. Vitalii Panok. The project consists of two subprojects: Prevent and Intervene.
PREVENT focuses on providing psychological support for those individuals who are affected by mental distress or who experienced traumatic events. First and second-aid psychological support aims to prevent long-term consequences such as mental disorders or relational issues, like impaired parent-child interactions. Therefore, experts in the field of emergency psychology offer trainings in psychological support for children and their families in the days and weeks after traumatic experiences.
Educational groups of 20 Ukrainian (school) psychologists are trained in several online modules. Each course covers topics such as war-related stress reactions, psychological first and second aid, phases after trauma, care chains and professional self-care. Furthermore, aspects of collective trauma and social cohesion are considered. Overall, this project provides scientific monitored psycho-social assistance to Ukrainians who are affected by military actions.