Two caregivers discuss civilian trauma resulting from the invasion of Ukraine, experienced by those in Ukraine, as well by those who leave the country.
American MarkAlain Dery is an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist, trauma care doctor, and public health specialist. He is currently working in Ukraine with the NGO, The Swiss Foundation, which is organizing transports, looking for supply sources, and carrying out major education campaigns for first responder public servants in Ukraine such as police and fire people. They are providing training for emergency trauma care, needed since civilians are being injured or can be casualties of the war. Dery speculates that the need for civilian care will increase globally as internal conflicts increase in countries, catching non-soldiers in the crossfire. MarkAlain is also founder and manager of Pacifica Affiliate WHIV-LP in New Orleans.
Mila Yalovaya, is a Ukrainian Psychotherapist who specializes in work with teenagers. She describes the psychological trauma of the Ukrainian war, especially for teenagers, who are in a vulnerable developmental stage. She describes the cost to teenagers of leaving Ukraine and living abroad and some of the services they are offering for support.
Yalovaya discusses the benefit of psychotherapy in wartime and mental strategies for emotional stability. Yalovaya received her training at Kyiv Gestalt University, where she now teaches,