ICDP Ukraine update

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Taken from the report:

ICDP in Severodonetsk:

The facilitators Anastasia Kopylova and Natalia Pogodina conduct parent groups at the charitable foundation "Caritas Severodonetsk". These meetings are very popular. Parents like to visit them, especially young mothers. Anastasia Kopylova and Natalia Pogodina also work in mobile teams and conduct groups with parents and educators in villages near to the front line.
Anastasia Kopylova explains:
- Within the framework of the project called “Providing for the basic needs of vulnerable people affected by the conflict in Ukraine, 2018-2019” psychologists at the “Caritas Severodonetsk” foundation conduct ICDP meetings in villages adjacent to the demarcation line.
It is possible to note high levels of anxiety, the presence of permanent crisis situations in the lives of these people. Many questions are raised in the course of ICDP work - regulation of the emotional states, conflicts, self-realization, support, overcoming fears. Of course, a separate issue is the topic of family relations. Interestingly, everyone liked the idea of establishing interaction through the three ICDP dialogues. We are talking about this in almost all locations:  Nijneteploye, Makarov, Pshenichnoe, Komyshuvakh, Novoivanovka and Zolotoe, Schact`e. In total, about 120 people took part in the groups.

All participants (kindergarten teachers, school teachers, parents, grandparents) are actively involved in discussions, do exercises and play games. Age of participants is from 25 years onwards. There were groups of older people and some were over 80 years old.
It's amazing how little we needed to feel the effect of constructive interaction: smile, tell the rules of the game and allow adults and even the elderly to feel and act like children. Unfortunately, we are limited by lack of resources, so it is not always possible to conduct the entire programme in full. But even those attending fewer meetings understood that they themselves are a source of constructive and inspiring interaction with children and adults”.