Psychological training sessions for volunteers in Dnipro.

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In Dnipro, psychological training sessions for volunteers to prevent burnout were launched at the Volunteer Coordination Headquarters of Dnipro with the support of TAPS Charitable Foundation.

The training was conducted by Valeriya Pryhozhina, a psychotherapist from the Crisis Psychological Aid NGO in Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk region, who had previously conducted therapeutic sessions with the evacuation department of the headquarters and participated in a two-day off-site training within the "Unbreakable" project.

To introduce volunteers to a new direction of emotional rehabilitation in a leisure format, where they can breathe out, relax, and continue solving daily tasks with a good mood, only 1.5 hours were scheduled in the agenda. Volunteers responded that after the meeting, it became easier to breathe, although they had not previously realized the difficulty. We are accustomed to a state of exhaustion and almost forget how it could be otherwise. This meeting was a reminder that we plan to repeat weekly until there is a need," said Dasha Chyizhik, the curator of event organization at TAPS Charitable Foundation.

"I have been interested in psychology for a long time and engaged in it, but not professionally. Therefore, such a session was a great experience for me. It felt like it wasn't the first day I was brewing. It's as if you know yourself and worked through the problematic issues. I kept an eye on my department to ensure the girls didn't burn out, but I neglected myself. Such meetings make it easier to continue working on oneself," said Irina Lemishko, the curator of the material department where items are distributed and issued to servicemen at the Volunteer Coordination Headquarters of Dnipro.

Similar training sessions will now take place every Thursday.

The meeting is held within the framework of the project "Complex of measures aimed at preventing the psychological health of witnesses of war 'Unbreakable,' supported by the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation within the grant component of the EU4USociety project. The material reflects the position of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the position of the International Renaissance Foundation and the European Union.