An educational program implemented by SOS Children's Villages and SIBUR

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online webinars
round tables
This educational program seeks to prevent social orphanhood in the cities where the company operates. SIBUR has been the project’s partner since 2019.

Program description

To be by each other’s side 24/7 and still be able to remain loving parents and children. That was the kind of challenge posed to us by the pandemic that brought with it its recurrent restrictions: lockdowns, self-isolation, having to work and study remotely. Because of constant exposure, families started to experience more conflicts, mutual resentment, and problems communicating.

The goal of an educational project by Children's Villages SOS is to teach parents how to handle crisis situations properly and to provide care professionals with effective tools for helping families in crisis. To attain this goal, the project’s organizers conduct training webinars and seminars for parents and social services professionals.

Over the program’s history, its experts have helped both families and care professionals from Nizhegorodskaya, Tyumen, Voronezh, and Amur Oblasts develop their competences and learn how to deal with challenges in the most appropriate way. Using both online and offline formats, the program’s speakers have given training seminars for the attendees from Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. With each year passing, the program has been generating increasingly more interest and positive reviews.

In 2019, this educational program was delivered in Nizhegorodskaya and Tyumen Oblasts. A three-day June session in Dzerzhinsk was devoted to discussing new approaches with public welfare sector professionals employed by both state-funded institutions and non-profit organizations. The October session in Tobolsk brought together not only current practitioners but also students of teaching discipline and parents. The program’s experiences were discussed at a round table session in Saransk held as part of the "Bring Back Childhood" festival.

2020 saw a two-day seminar for staff of institutions working with families and children at risk, as well as for SIBUR volunteers, take place in Nizhny Novgorod. A full-day online webinar was held in November for professionals from Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Tyumen Oblast, and, for the first time, for professionals from Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

In 2021, the project' s organizers held 5 online webinars and 3 face-to-face sessions in Amur, Nizhegorodskaya, and Voronezh Oblasts.

2022 is expected to see monthly online meetings and face-to-face meetings take place in Voronezh and Nizhegorodskaya Oblasts. In addition, a 3-day seminar will be held in Amur Oblast with the support of the regional government. Plus, a special activist group charged with the task of engaging professionals and families with the volunteering community on a large scale will be set up in the city of Svobodny.

SIBUR and Children's Villages do not simply provide purely theoretical information according to a pre-set plan, but instead tailor their webinars and seminars to the practical needs and aspirations of a particular city. For this purpose, the project’s organizers conduct polls and surveys and use their results to develop custom-made training programs.

Online webinars for parents

Charitable organization Children's Villages - SOS has, with the support of SIBUR, been holding educational online webinars for parents conducted within the framework of the "Family Ecology 2020" project. The seminars provide answers to questions on how to control one' s emotions during moments of stress and teach how to communicate with school-age and teenage children in a constructive manner. Experienced experts show parents how they can help their children achieve academic success, choose their future profession, and generally teach them how to interact with their families in a healthy way.

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The Tender Age

Online webinars for professional practioners

The project includes online webinars designed to foster the development of a professional community focused on preventing and reducing social dysfunctions within at-risk families. These sessions help build a support network of social connections, improve one’s qualifications and develop the necessary competencies needed for working with families in crisis.

A series of webinars on psychological trauma

These webinars teach participants to better understand and diagnose a child's psychological trauma and provide tools they can use to help children and their parents. The speakers explain the latest effective methods and techniques, and teach support practices and tools. By making timely adjustments to the parents’ parenting behavior and to the environment in the family, the problem can be dealt with before it becomes critical in the absence of qualified help.

A series of webinars on case management

The problems families in crisis face may, at first glance, seem identical. But this is far from being the case. It is important for a professional to know how to identify an acute crisis situation in each individual family and offer the family the most appropriate solution for dealing with such crises. The series of webinars on case management arms its attendees with practical techniques and methods, and teaches them how to ensure there is effective interaction between the expert and its clients.

Round tables

Formats such as roundtables are also used to introduce modern social techniques for working with families in crisis. Face-to-face interactions and sharing of experience provide a better and faster way for learning new practices.

Program Speakers