On 19 August 2020, lecturers from the German Association of Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Victims of Torture (BAfF) conducted the 2nd webinar for psychologists and NGO staff members. The webinar is a part of the training course called “Psychosocial Counselling for Survivors of Traumatic Events” .
The webinar lecturers discussed physiological and emotional responses to traumatizing events, the classification of traumatic responses, trauma assessment in individual, family, community and society contexts, and the specific characteristics of trauma caused by man-made disasters. Then the BafF experts introduced the contextual approach to trauma and the specifics of holistic treatment.
During the practical part of the webinar, the participants learned how to formulate cases and create genograms (graphic case representation).
The training course called “Psychosocial Counselling for Survivors of Traumatic Events” is delivered by the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Centre (CAPC) and the German Association of Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Victims of Torture (BAfF) as a part of their joint project “Increasing NGO Capacity in Addressing Psychotrauma.” .
Established 30 years ago, BafF is the umbrella organization of more than 40 centers in Germany that provide holistic rehabilitation assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, and victims of violence and torture. It is also the founding member of an international network of more than 120 similar organizations in Europe.
The six-month project running between June and December 2020 includes the training course and several events to facilitate international networking for psychologists, counsellors and members of NGOs who assist North Caucasus residents with trauma.