PTSD Professionals From Ukraine Visit Yale School of Medicine on Open World

Dr. Martha Bojko, Yale School of Medicine. An applied medical anthropologist, she has conducted public health research in Ukraine. Here, Dr. Bojko welcomes the PTSD delegation from Ukraine during their orientation.

PTSD Professionals From Ukraine Visit Yale School of Medicine on Open World

August 21, 2014

Maura Shelden

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will kick off its Fall hosting season by welcoming a delegation of Ukrainian mental health care workers and clergy specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on August 21. Open World has had programs for Ukraine for over 10 years. The delegation of 23 will have orientation in Washington, D.C. before departing for its professional programming conducted by the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. The group will receive an overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder programs and treatments in the U.S. by Dr. Miguel Roberts, MA. Ph.D of the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center and Colonel Peter A. Baktis, Command Chaplin, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Delegate Andriy Sydorenko, of Lviv, and the president of the Ukrainian Psychotherapist Association, will be interviewed at the Voice of America Ukrainian Service on his role in the Maidan psychological aid service. At Yale, the delegation will be immersed in programming designed by Dr. Steven Southwick, MD, Glenn H. Greenberg professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience at Yale. The group’s stay and transportation in New Haven is provided by the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee of Philadelphia, PA. Open World supports Congressional outreach to Eurasia and other countries. It conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. Open World has introduced more than 20,500 current and future decision makers from Russia, other countries of Eurasia, Egypt, and now Turkey to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999. ###