The Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims – GCRT in cooperation with the International Committee on the Red Cross - ICRC has been implementing a program of psychosocial assistance to family members of the persons missing from the war of 1992-1993 in Abkhazia – a breakaway region of Georgia. In 4 cities of Georgia support groups are running since 2010. The program involves psychological, legal and economic elements. The authors presents the concept and structure of the work; discusses implemented group and individual interventions – importance of legal awareness workshops, as well as small business grants program available for the families. Apart from this peculiarities of working with ambiguous loss, ascribing meaning to life after the loss and reconstructing identity is reflected upon. The effectiveness of the program is analyzed; challenges and barriers discussed as well as future plans in further developing the program will be presented.
ISSHR Conference, 6- 8 October 2011, Tbilissi, Georgia.
Health and Human Rights: Doing Justice, Building Capacity
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