General aim was to support psychologists and other relevant professionals in building capacities for providing MHPSS for trauma survivors. Such objectives were agreed:
To increase capacities of psychologists in delivering evidence-based psychosocial interventions to trauma- and crisis-affected population
To support the development of a sustainable system of MHPSS reactions on traumas, crisis and disasters.
To establish ongoing cooperation and sharing experience between Albania and Ukraine in the field of trauma and crisis psychology.
The workshop “How can we build better MHPSS system for emergencies?” took place on 14 January 2020, at the head office of the Order of Psychologists of Albania. The multi-stakeholders meeting was attended by representatives of different NGO-s, as: “Save the Children”, “World Vision”, “Sate Agency for the Rights and Protection of Children”, “Different and Equal”, “Terre des Hommes”, “Hello! Friend”, “ABC Clinic”, “Women Forum Elbasan”, “Women-Peace-Security”, “National Line Against Violence to Women”, etc.
Together we tried to achieve common understanding of the current situation, gaps and resources to be utilized. Participants received the overview of MHPSS Emergency response pyramid and Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines, WHO evidence-based psychosocial scalable interventions (MH GAP Intervention Guide, Problem Management Plus etc.) as well as other evidence-based interventions for trauma (TF CBT, EMDR etc.)
Finally, we had a part dedicated to looking for solutions. For this aim we used Complexity Management Tools, tried to develop “Best” and “Worst” scenario and look at the steps that can lead to success or to failure. Each group outlined at the end that joining resources, coordination of activities, workforce development and funding reservation are the most relevant directions for the future steps.
The workshop “Introduction to the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” took place on 15-16 January 2020, in the Mediterranean University. 140 psychologists attended the workshop and improved knowledge in trauma consequences, PTSD assessment and treatment pf adults.
The last one workshop was conducted for psychologists who work with children and adolescents “Introduction to the group CBT based intervention for the children: Teaching Recovery Technics (TRT, UK) and Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET, USA)” (17 January 2020).
Participants of these capacity-building activities were eager to learn and receive evidence-based and scientific knowledge, as well to share their experience of dealing with earthquake consequences. We believe that systematic education in crisis and disaster psychology is what we need to think further and not just for the one country, but for the all of the countries all over the world.
Dr. Vitalii Klymchuk
Dr. Velbona Tresk