The Centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Feldman Ecopark has been providing psychological assistance to families of IDPs from Joint Forces Operation area (Donbas) for four years.
Recently, the next group of families of the Kharkiv modular town for IDPs visited the Social and Humanitarian Multi-Complex and got a chance to see our animal collection. Besides, they visited Horse Complex and Bat Rehabilitation Center and attended animal-assisted therapy lessons as well.
According to the head of psychological service of the Feldman Ecopark Centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Tetiana Aliieva, the main task of this project is to do our utmost to stabilize emotional condition of children who have had difficult times and to restore comfort and internal interaction in families, as well.
“Every summer families from the modular town come to us. This year, the programme for them is structured to provide calm leisure-time in the territory of Ecopark, for children to develop various skills in work with animals, to learn tolerant treatment of them. The main methods of our work in this project are animal-assisted therapy and eco-therapy in general, partially we use canis therapy, which helps to master skills of communication — the head of psychological service of the Centre Tetiana Aliieva told. — Now children meet Ecopark and its inhabitants, with ecosystem in general. For sensory integration allowing children to relax and feel the body, we use Barefoot Health Path. Besides, this year we began to cooperate with the Bat Rehabilitation Center: acquaintance to bats has not only educational value, but also it can help to get rid of phobias.”
It should be reminded that children from the modular town for IDPs were participants of the “Let’s Take Children Away from Streets” programme for children from troubled families and “difficult” teenagers, which was implemented successfully in Feldman Ecopark: according to police, none of the participants of the project comes into contact with the law any more.