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The Moscow Open Society Institute has awarded the Association of conflictologists of the Stavropol region with the prize in honor of Mother Theresa. This was done in recognition of the work that was carried out by a group of local psychologists that helped children who suffered psychological trauma during a terrorist raid on the city of Budyennovsk in June 1995.
The first phase of this program took place during the fall - winter 1998-99. 4 professional psychologists who have worked on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) trained a local team of 5 local people (graduates of local institutes in the fields of pedagogic and psychology). Following the training, work was carried out with 171 children, who were diagnosed with PTSD among nearly 1000 tested. Most of these children suffered during the terrorist attack on Budyenovsk in June 1995, during the war in Chechnya. The treatment brought results - children began doing better in school, stopped suffering from nightmares, etc.
Most of the funding for the first stage of the program was provided by the Russian social-political movement "Yabloko".
Based on the first stage of the program, a project was prepared aimed to expand the treatment to all Budyennovsk children, traumatized during the terrorist act and to involve their parents in the therapy. The local administration contributed to the program by providing an office and some salaries for local psychologists. The "Yabloko" movement is currently discussing the possibility of continued funding and the prize, received from the Open Society Institute will certainly contribute to the continuation of this important work.
Last updated: April 2000
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).