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Psychological treatment

The psychologist establishes first contact and gives clients basic information about the types of assistance offered by the IAN CRTTV. Usually the psychologist conducts an initial evaluation by way of a standard battery of tests, the results of which provide data on the current psychological status of the individual and are used when assessing the kind of therapy and type of treatment most suitable for the individual client. The psychologist also has the task of identifying extremely vulnerable persons, assessing their needs for psychological intervention, and providing assistance in moments of crisis in the form of psychological counselling and support therapy. The aim is to assist clients to understand their problem through clarifying the direct relationship between the state they are in and the stressful events in their lives, which the clients usually do not perceive.
Similarly, it is important to give them an opportunity to freely and openly say and demonstrate all they have experienced, so that they may be liberated from painful and apprehensive feelings. This way they have the potential to tackle the issues they find interesting, concerning or upsetting and to strengthen their own adaptive mechanisms. The most frequently used interventions are empathic listening, reflecting emotions and contents, encouraging to express feelings, reminding the client of his/her positive experiences and successes, giving supportive suggestions, and exploring alternatives in approaching and resolving the problem. Another task of the psychologist is to observe the conducted forms of group therapy, with adequate registering of group dynamics and the therapeutic process. They arrange appointments of clients with therapists, lawyers, and other available services.

Psychologists also receive phone calls and do SOS phone counselling. The work on the SOS telephone help-line includes problem identification, provision of necessary information and referral of clients to the Centre. In addition, they are engaged in our activities in the Association of Ex-detainees (individual counselling, creating the documentation data base, leading socio-therapeutic groups and educational workshops, etc). And together with psychiatrists and lawyers they are always a part of the mobile team.

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