“Provision of Psychological Assistance to Vulnerable Refugees in Serbia – UNHCR”
Under the “Provision of Psychological Assistance to Vulnerable Refugees in Serbia” project founded by UNHCR, PIN provides psychosocial support to refugees and asylum seekers at different locations in Serbia. Our activities are focused on providing Psychological First Aid and empowerment, individual and group support and counseling, conducting psychological assessments, and conducting preventive activities such as educational, psychoeducational, occupational, and creative workshops. A special focus is placed on providing support to victims of sexual and gender based violence, unaccompanied and separated children and minors, and psychologically vulnerable individuals. In addition, PIN actively supports the integration process through Serbian and English language lessons, as well as organizing joint activities and workshops for refugees and the local population, with the aim of encouraging cultural exchange, reducing prejudices, and promoting tolerance.
In order to ensure evidence-based practice, PIN is conducting numerous studies regarding the current state of mental health among refugees, their strengths, difficulties they are facing, evaluation of support systems, and the efficiency of varied psychological approaches and interventions.
In addition, PIN conducts numerous trainings on the psychological aspects of the refugee crisis for professionals directly working with refugees. PIN is actively involved in sensitization, raising awareness, and advocacy regarding this matter.
“Psychological support for service providers – International Rescue Committee ”
Under the project supported by International Rescue Committee PIN provides psychological support to service providers directly working with refugees at different locations in Serbia.
Through individual and group support meetings, service providers have the opportunity to work on establishing healthy boundaries, setting realistic expectations, work through numerous traumatic experiences shared with them by beneficiaries, identify and practice adaptive coping strategies, and explore possibilities for establishing and maintaining good cooperation with different fellow organization on the field.
In order to ensure evidence-based practice and valid recommendations, PIN is conducting studies which aim to identify protective and risk factors related to burnout syndrome and secondary traumatization.
DFID & IRC
““Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe” – Department for International Development (DFID) and International Rescue Committee (IRC)”
Under the project funded by DFID and supported by IRC, running from July 2016 to June 2017, PIN provided psychosocial support to refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers’ children, unaccompanied children below 12 years of age, and unaccompanied minors 12 years and older in Serbia.
The main activities included:
• Provision of psychological support
• Implementation of educational workshops with the aim of developing life skills and increasing English language skills and computer knowledge
• Referrals to legal and medical services
• Information provision and advocacy
• Supporting the process of enrollment in the formal education system
• Research on the needs and capacities of refugee children
• Awareness-raising activities on the refugee crisis in local communities
During this project, PIN supported more than 400 refugee children and minors, as well as more than 50 parents accommodated in the camps in Krnjaca and Obrenovac, Bogovadja, Banja Koviljaca, Sjenica and Tutin. Additionally, PIN organized awareness raising events “Refugees in Serbia – children’ perspective” for children in local schools in Lajkovac, Nis and Sombor.
“Monitoring accessibility of psychosocial support to refugees in Serbia“ – Divac Foundation
Since June 2017, PIN is engaged in project “Monitoring accessibility of psychosocial support to refugees in Serbia“ founded by Divac Foundation. The project aims to strengthen collaborations between 20 organizations working along the “Balkan route” and bolster their capacities to efficiently identify and document availability and accessibility of psychosocial support to different groups of refugees in order to establish a more efficient communication between relevant actors engaged in the migrant crisis in Serbia. The overall objective of the project is to establish a systematic protocol within the organization for identification, documenting and reporting on human rights violations in regards to accessibility of psychosocial support to refugees in order to provide adequate and adjusted assistance, in a timely manner and in coordination with all relevant actors to most vulnerable individuals.