Harmony Institute » Harmony Projects
Harmony Institute has always been involved in social programs focusing mainly on providing psychological support and trainings for helping professionals.
In 1989 Harmony started the first Hotline Service for Children, Adolescents and Their parents in Russia. Since then trained psychologists have been providing 24-hour free psychological support for this population. Our service works 24 hours a day and has two channels. You can reach us at +7(812)708-40-41.
We also run a free Psychological Help Office for university students of St. Petersburg. The office works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the University Outpatient Clinic #75 (9, Kuznetzovskaya Str.). To make an appointment, please, call +7(812)369-8601.
Most of the social programs are carried out in partnership with charities, state agencies and businesses. To ensure the long-lasting cooperation we participate in grant competitions and look for partners who share our values.
In 2008-2009 we carried out Senior Citizens Support Project together with Social Support Center of Kirovsky district of St. Petersburg. This project included free psychological help for the elderly, trainings and supervision of social workers taking care of the old people.
In 2010-2011 with the support from Russian National Charity Foundations we developed and conducted a psychological assistance program for children and adolescents who have diabetes. We have also developed and implemented a program to provide psychological training and support for foster families.
During 2011-2015 Harmony lead a project supported by Russian private Charity Foundations “The Key” for specialists who work with foster families. This Foundation focuses on the work with orphans and foster families. They are trying to build sustainable living communities for the foster families. Harmony helped to build Foster Family Escort System (to train helping professionals who support such families), trained the necessary staff to do group work for trainers at the Schools for Foster Parents – which is a part of this program. Harmony Institute also lead 3 training programs (72 hours each) and 4 short trainings (4 hours each) for over 200 social workers and psychologists who work with foster families and families in crisis from St. Petersburg and other regions.
Since 2016 in cooperation with Charity Foundation “HesedAvraam” Harmony has been conducting a two year social project “Supportive Dialogue” which aims to support families with elderly people who were the prisoners of the Nazi concentration camps and also those who suffered from the Siege of Leningrad during the Second World War. The project includes individual and family counseling, education and support groups for relatives to help them to develop positive relationships. At the moment there are 42 families from St. Petersburg area who participate in this project. This project was initiated with the support of German State Foundation “Memory, Responsibility, and Future”.
In 2009 Harmony developed a project, called “I’m Responsible for Myself”, which is designed to teach adolescents healthy and responsible attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol. Since 2010, the project has been attended by 42 schools of St. Petersburg and 34 schools of Nizhny Novgorod. During this time 28 videos and more than 300 social advertising posters dealing with the theme of the project were created. The total number of participants in the project from 2010 to 2016 was about 5,700 teenagers. Over 1,700 parents and more than 350 teachers in both cities were involved in this project. We developed short trainings for kids “I Say “NO”!”, “I Am Responsible for Myself.” We also developed lectures for parents and teachers “How to talk about alcohol”. This project is supported by Heineken International, Ltd. In 2013, the program participated in two competitions: In Moscow, it won the All Russian Competition for Innovation in Education; and Heineken International selected it from among all its social projects throughout the world as the Best Social Project of 2013. The program passed the expertise of St. Petersburg Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education and of Nizhniy Novgorod Institute for Advanced Training in Education and was recommended for use in educational institutions by St. Petersburg Educational Committee and Nizhniy Novgorod Department of Education. In 2013 the program got the official status of recommended extra curricular activity. In 2014 an on-line test for parents and teachers How to Discuss Difficult Topics with Adolescents was designed within the framework of the program. It is available at http://edu.sustainabilityrussia.ru. The site has also become a virtual resource for teachers and parents where they can ask psychologists about relational problems with adolescents, raise controversial issues, and discuss prevention of alcohol abuse. In 2016 an independent sociological center started a research to evaluate the effectiveness of our program. The results are expected in February 2017.
During the 25 years of its existence Harmony had several programs for challenged children.
Harmony has a big experience in trauma work. We have conducted several projects providing psychological support to trauma survivors and educational trainings for helping professionals:
1991-1994 Psychological help and rehabilitation for Afghanistan veterans.
1995 One-year School for psychologists and medical doctors from different Russian regions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (in partnership with Olimpia Institute (USA))
1994-1996 Psychological help and rehabilitation for the liquidators of Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion.
1996 Work with Perm Regional Penitentiary Department specialists
1999 Trainings for psychologist of the Non-military Security Department in St. Petersburg
Since 1998 our specialists have been conducting rehabilitation and training programs in the Northern Caucasus area:
1998-2000 Program for combatants “Purification of the Soldier”(in partnership with the NGO Women of the Don (Novocherkassk))
2000-2003 Training and rehabilitation program for helping professionals in the Northern Caucasus (in partnership with the Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, USA)
2002 Hosting an all-Russian conference on War and Trauma and publishing conference materials
2005-2006 Rehabilitation program for helping professionals working with the terrorist attack survivors in Beslan (in partnership with CAF, Russia)
2006 Rehabilitation program for psychologists and social teachers of the center “Doveriye”(Trust) working with Beslan children (in Partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the Northern Caucasus)
2006 Supervision for psychologists working with Beslan terrorist attack survivors (in partnership with American Jewish World Service).
2006 Social and psychological research of Beslan families to define the need for creating psychological counseling service for children and families in Beslan (supported by UNICEF).
2005-2008 Training programs for school psychologists and teachers from Chechnya “Social and Psychological Counseling in Secondary School” (supported by UNISEF).
2007-2008 Supervision program for helping professionals in the Northern Caucasus (in partnership with Keystone Foundation for Children and Families).
2008 Supervision program for the specialists of the Socio-Psychological and Medical Center of Grozny (in partnership with UNESCO)
2009 Rehabilitation work with helping professionals in South Ossetia (supported by CAF).
2009 Organizing telephone hotline service in Chechen Republic, Republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan (in partnership with UNICEF).
2009-2010 Psychological Counseling training for teachers and psychologists of South Ossetia (in partnership with CAF)
Our project work experience is presented in the following publications:
2001 A Handbook on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
2002 War and Trauma. Conference Materials
2006 Psychological State Study of Beslan Families Surviving 2004 Terrorist Attack
2008 Helping Professionals’ Burn-Out Prevention
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