Experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer

Between 8-10 October 2014 in Chisinau Caritas Moldova organized a new training entitled “Basic concepts on crisis intervention “within the “Children with future –a Future for Children” Project. The training was carried out by Dr. Klaus Schwienbacher and Mag. Karin Spink, representatives of the Austrian organization “Die Boje”, – organizationthat provides assistance to children and adolescents in crisis situation.

“Person of trust “from each village of the districts involved in the project were invited at the training (Floresti, Orhei, Cahul and Cantemir). Also the training was attended by representatives of psycho-pedagogic assistance service from the same districts. Participants were acquainted with the issue of suicide at children and teenagers, the working methods of preventing this problem and ways of intervention in crisis situations. In the framework of the training the emphasis was placed on the practice, so participants had the opportunity to ask for advice from Austrian experts on suicide cases they faced. There were analyzed case studies, initiated discussions and shared experiences.

Dr. Klaus Schwienbacher has mentioned that “when we try to understand the crisis, it is important to take into account the ratio between the internal pressure and external stress. A crisis can refer to a new situation in which the young perceives a sudden loss of his or her ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills. This impression changes its attitude toward the past and future. It is important to observe the stages of evolution of the crisis. In particular, we should pay attention to the fail level.Exceeding this level depends on the ability of the younger to identify new perspectives that mobilize and make him analyze the situation from another point of view. In case of a traumatic crisis, the suicide warning signs can be noticed at shock level, so it is important to pay attention to this level too.

Also, Dr. Klaus Schwienbacher has underlined that “When it comes to children, each opinion counts. A therapist shouldn’t be confined to his own environment and personal views. A teacher, a close person can have a different opinion according to a certain situation than a therapist would have. In this way the situation can be analyzed from different perspectives. Once the social environment of the younger is analyzed, we can deduce who is better to work with: the younger, his parents, relatives or other close people.”

Mag. Karin Spinkasaid that “Grief can’t be associated only with death, but also with other losses. Depending on the age, children, teenagers interpret the phenomenon of death in different ways. Each individual experiences and expresses grief differently. However, grief is a period that must be faced and lived step by step. When it comes to children mourning state is influenced by several factors. Depending on the child personality structure, certain defence mechanisms are developed.”

According to final conclusions expressed by the participants, the training contributed to the exchange of experience necessary for the project development.

It should be mentioned that the main goal of the project “Children with future –a Future for Children “is to form and promote a pro-life behaviour among children and youth. Project is financially supported by Austrian Development Cooperation in partnership with Caritas Austria. It is implemented in 14 villages of 4 districts: Cahul, Cantemir, Floresti and Orhei.