Mental Health Care in Ukraine: what it is, what it should be and what needs to be done, 15-12-2016

November 7, 2016 • Educational, Past Events • Views: 845

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WHEN:

15 December 2016, 19:00

WHERE:

Ukrainian Institute, 79 Holland Park, London

Admission:

Free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

The event will be in English and will be followed by a wine reception.

Speakers:

Vitaly Klymchuk, Professor at the Chair of Clinical Psychology, Executive Director of the Institute of Mental Health at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Victoria Gorbunova, Head of the Chair of Mental Health, Research Director of the Institute of Mental Health at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Moderator: Denis Ougrin, PhD, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London

The Ukrainian system of healthcare follows the Soviet model and despite 25 years of Ukraine’s independence, there has been little change and Ukraine is lagging behind standards of developed countries.

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine put the system under further strain. Ukraine is facing a significant increase in trauma-related disorders (posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder), depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and adjustment-related problems. Suicide rates have peaked. Public and professional communities are building a response.

Comprehensive changes to mental health care system in Ukraine are overdue. Developing systematic response to prevent and treat those affected by war have to be coupled.

The Institute of Mental Health of the Ukrainian Catholic University is committed to respond to these urgent needs through the development of appropriate training programs, researches, awareness campaigns (www.prostirnadii.org.ua), and creating a mental health centre for the treatment of disorders in the war-affected population (www.enmentalhealth.ipz.org.ua).

Speakers’ biographies:

klymchuk1Vitalii Klymchuk is the psychologist, the psychotherapist and the researcher. Since the 2015 year, he work in the Ukrainian Catholic University, at the position of the executive director of the Institute of Mental Health. He operate as the member of the Scientific-Educational Council of the Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine. Main aim of his work is to coordinate creation of higher educational standards in field of psychology. In addition, he is the member of the workgroup that are creating now governmental strategy for psychological rehabilitation of war veterans. As the researcher, he manage researches connected with trauma impact on mental health. In addition, he is the writer – his book “Practical psychology: 1000 tips on everyday use” is the bestseller in Ukraine.

gorbunovaViktoriia Gorbunova is the psychologist, the psychotherapist and the researcher. Since the 2015 year, she work in the Ukrainian Catholic University, at the position of the senior researcher at the Institute of Mental Health and as the Programme Leader for MSc Clinical Psychology with the Fundamentals of CBT. It is the first program in UA, which built on evidence-based modern approaches to training of clinical psychologist. She is the writer – her books “Upbringing without the struggle”, “Upbringing without the traumatization” are bestsellers in Ukraine too.

ougrinDenis Ougrin, PhD, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, LondonDr Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and Maudsley and is currently a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Ougrin is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. Dr Ougrin leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine and organises annual conferences on psychiatric services’ development in Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. Dr Ougrin is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel mode of assessment for the young people presenting with self-harm in emergency. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care. Dr Ougrin is a mental health theme editor of London Journal of General Practice and an honorary research and audit consultant at NHS Brent.

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