26 teachers working on our project “Stay with Ukraine” have been trained under the “Program of Professional Development of Pedagogical Workers to improve the skills of psychosocial support for children and adolescents in the mental health field”.
The training was conducted by school psychologists trained under this program and became trainers themselves: Olena Fedorovska and Victoriia Chumachenko. Child and family psychologist Svitlana Roiz developed practical exercises for the training.
The training program included:
- Module 1: Mental health of children and adolescents.
- Module 2: “Teacher’s interaction with children and adolescents with mental health difficulties”.
- Module 3: “Teacher’s interaction with children and adolescents in crisis conditions and situations”.
- Module 4: “Teacher’s interaction with children and adolescents in crisis conditions and situations”.
- Module 5: “Stress resistance in the educational space”.
- Module 6: Mental health of children and adolescents in wartime.
The total time for the presentation of the lecture material was 18 hours, six days for 3 hours each. Teachers received certificates of professional development worth 2 ECTS credits.
Olha Smekalina, Ukrainian history teacher: “I received good psychosocial support. A lot of interesting techniques. I work with teenagers in the frontline area, so it is very useful. I was impressed by the very high level of content preparation and the professionalism of the trainers.”
Olena Saienko, Ukrainian language teacher: “After completing the training, I changed my perspective on some of my own problems, mastered calming techniques, and learned to control my emotions. I also began understanding my students better and changed my communication style with them. I will definitely integrate the techniques I learned into my lessons.”
Liudmyla Torba, Ukrainian language and literature teacher: “I am pleased to have attended such a wonderful training! Three hours flew by very quickly. Because it was interesting, I wrote down every word. I really liked the group work, where my colleagues and I could discuss our problems, share our painful issues, get advice, and exchange experiences.”
Kateryna Kushniruk, Ukrainian language teacher: “The training was exciting, a lot of useful information. I especially liked the practical tasks in groups, after which we discussed them and shared our experiences. The expert advice was also useful and will help us in our future work.”
Olesia Mozdalevska, Ukrainian history teacher: “Beneficial and informative lectures. I really liked the group assignments, which helped me to get to know my colleagues in this project even better. Friendly atmosphere. I always felt the support of the trainers who taught us professionally. Thank you very much for the opportunity!”
Mariana Dudko, Ukrainian language and literature teacher: “An exciting and relevant training, where everyone could imagine themselves in the role of a child or parent, see themselves from the outside and correct all the mistakes they may have made before.”
Natalia Lytvyn, Ukrainian language and literature teacher: “I started to feel calmer because I am not the only one who has questions about teaching children. We needed to be taught to care for ourselves, assess our strengths, and look for resources adequately. There was a lot of important information and practical cases.”
The list of all teachers who completed the training:
- Vasadze Irma Mykhailivna
- Vinnytska Natalia Mykolaivna
- Dudko Mariana Volodymyrivna
- Diakiv Vasyl Hryhorovych
- Zhushman Liudmyla Serhiivna
- Kodatska Maryna Volodymyrivna
- Kosiachenko Liubava Viacheslavivna
- Kuznietsova Maryna Oleksandrivna
- Kulyhina Svitlana Yuriivna
- Kushnir Oksana Ivanivna
- Kushniruk Kateryna Andriivna
- Lytvyn Natalia Volodymyrivna
- Mamonova Liudmyla Volodymyrivna
- Manko Anna Oleksandrivna
- Makharynska Oksana Petrivna
- Mozdalevska Olesia Vasylivna
- Moiseienko Oksana Vasylivna
- Moroz Antonina Anatoliivna
- Moskalova Olena Mykhailivna
- Plevak Svitlana Mykolaivna
- Rud Andrii Vitaliiovych
- Saienko Olena Viacheslavivna
- Smekalina Olha Veniaminivna
- Torba Liudmyla Viktorivna
- Voron Alla Anatoliivna
- Rybalko Olena Vasylivna
The program was created with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine.