14 June, Almaty - June 13-14, 2019 Training for 45 psychologists of the regional branches of the Committee of Emergencies under the Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan on the following topics:
• Psychological assistance for children and those with special needs affected by the emergencies and
• Innovative methods of emergency psychological assistance, mental regulation and self-regulation.
As well known, the territory of Kazakhstan is prone to natural disasters, accidents, urban fires, and many others. Any given person, children, people with special needs or whole communities could be affected and become victims. Risks are increasing to lose houses, get separated from the families and usual environment, or to become a victim of a witness of abuse, destruction, and death. Events like this affect each of us, however, reactions and emotions are different. Many feel lost and do not understand what is happening. They feel fear or anxiety, can be stunned or become apathetic. Some victims show minimum reactions, others- more severe. Many factors affect how people react. Everyone has their own strength and abilities that can help to cope with life obstacles. However, some are more vulnerable during emergencies and might need additional assistance. This is also related to people being under the threat or in need assistance: elderly, with special physical or mental needs.
In order to provide more effective emergency psychological assistance to the affected population and people with special needs, psychologists of the regional branches of the Emergency Committee under the Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan attended the training to improve their qualifications and get new knowledge.
As a result, participants learned about the specifics of early warning and information dissemination in emergencies, the notion of “stress”, behavior trends in the emergencies, providing counseling of victims, main characteristics of acute stress reactions, the specifics of grief experienced by adults, children and people with special needs, organization of the work of psychologists with those with suicidal behavior, the ethical principles of the work of a psychologist in providing emergency assistance, basic methods and techniques depending on the specific state of the victims.
Moreover, UNICEF experts shared the approaches on Mental health and psycho-social support to the affected population with focus of the environment before, during and after disaster with community based assistance.
The training was conducted by the trainers of the Center for Emergency Psychological Assistance of the Ministry of emergencies of Russia, Russian Center of emergency medicine of the Ministry of Health of Russia, National Medical Association of Kazakhstan, UNICEF in Kazakhstan, Red Crescent in Kazakhstan, Institute of Psychology and psychotherapy and Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi working in the field of psychology in emergencies.
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