Psychological support for refugees: training to strengthen capacities of professionals working in Poland

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has held a pilot training on Psychological Support to Refugees: Strengthening Professional Capacities in Warsaw, Poland. The event, held on 19 and 20 December, was aimed at enhancing the capacities of relevant professionals working on the ground to detect war-related traumas of mainly women and children from Ukraine and to treat them based on the expertise of the Council of Europe.

The training was organised by the Council’s Directorate of Political Affairs and External Relations, in close cooperation with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It gathered some 40 representatives from relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior and the Administration, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

It is a follow-up to the SRSG’s report, in line with the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025). Other activities addressing in detail a range of aspects of psycho-social support are planned for next year.

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