PSYCHO-SOCIAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE FOR CHILDREN
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 
In March 2012, the Office of Psycho-Social Assistance for hospitalized children was established in the “Children’s New Clinic” where medical assistance for hospitalized children and their parents became accessible. 
The Project was financed by "Aktion Mensh" with the support of ASB Germany.

A psychologist with international experience provides a 6-8 hours service a week for the clinic’s patients and their parents in the Centre. In pediatric institutions the psycho-social cabinet is one of the most important components of a multidiscipline approach in medical service.  The main objective of this service is the reduction and prevention of stress which is related to a concrete medical service and health problems. 
Such services are practically non-existent in Georgia. The patients of pediatric clinics, those who need long-term hospitalization, are under high stress. They, together with health problems, have psycho-social problems and the patients and their families have to solve them alone.

The development of this service in the “Children’s New Clinic” will give the opportunity to:

• Care for the welfare of hospitalized children and   their families in the clinic;
• Reduce the cases of stress related to medical   services, health conditions and potential   prevention of  trauma;
• Provide optimal conditions for the children to  develop;
• Support the development of a child- and family oriented medical service.
 
The Psycho-Social Service is a systematic and integrated approach of developing therapy games which, through taking into account the child’s age and individual characteristics, provides the following: 
•  Explanation of diagnosis; 
•  Preparation for medical procedures; 
•  Support during procedures; 
•  Therapy through play; 
•  Emotional support; 
•  Normalization/regulation of the environment 
                    a) through games. These are important for a   child’s development and his/her adaptation to the hospital environment, and 
                    b) through the relevant toys and age-appropriate games; 
•  Elaboration of a balanced program which will envisage the age of the patient, development, health condition and 
physical possibilities;
•  Creation of a child-oriented environment. The psychologists’ group provides about 100 children with services monthly. The students of Ilia University and German volunteers also participate in the process of project implementation.


 
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