Psychological Care and Support for the Survivors of Sex-Trafficking at IOM Moscow


Irina Churakova, MA | September 19 | 2:45-3:45 PM

Topic: International, Research | Knowledge Level: Intermediate | Location: TBD

Psychological care and support for survivors of trafficking at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) rehabilitation center (RC) is based on patients’ psychological needs and is aimed to give them a choice for a better future.  In the atmosphere of psychological comfort and safety, the staff seeks to awaken inner psychological, spiritual, and other resources of clients (unique life experiences, creativity, power of logical reasoning, motivation, etc.). The staff maintain positive perception of their clients, seeing them as people who are suffering, people who are in pain. All kinds of break-downs, such as addictive and deviant behavior, breaking of RC rules, etc. are in some sense ways to ease the pain. The task of RC specialists is to have the clients professionally treated. Psychological rehabilitation program includes the following stages: 1) Helping clients to find ways for realization of their potential, purpose and vision in life, ways for self-actualization and personal success; 2) Helping clients to choose a profession for themselves which promotes growth of their potential and guarantees reintegration into society; 3) Making psychological assessment to estimate clients’ ability to learn and master the chosen profession; 4) Individual psychological counseling and psychotherapy for PTSD (TIR, art therapy, scenario analysis), deviant and addictive behaviors when system symptoms (systemic family counseling), depression, guilt, law self-esteem, victimized behavior, etc. (cognitive psychotherapy). Elements of narrative therapy and BSFT may also be used; and 5) Group counselling and psychotherapy is aimed at rendering of emotional support to participants, solving their practical problems and practicing in giving support to others.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Explain the specific counseling needs of human trafficking survivors

·  Recognize differences between counseling and psychotherapy approaches for various requests and mental health issues

·  Lead audience members in traumatic incident reduction techniques in pairs

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