Addressing Trauma of War Affected Populations

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Addressing Trauma of War Affected Populations

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CLC.G.29, Clerici Building, Headington Campus


Addressing Trauma of War Affected Populations: Responding to Challenges Workshop


The presenters, who have decades of experience working with war-affected populations in a number of low and middle income countries – like Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, will discuss mental health needs of large groups of both Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, based on the recent studies. Barriers to service utilization, patterns of help-seeking behaviour, challenges to introducing trauma-informed systems of care will be presented and analysed.


Particular focus will be given to the specific challenges as Enemy Image formation, trans-generational transmission of trauma and radicalization. Specific considerations to avoid these pathways of malignant development will be explored.




Jana Javakhishvili, Ilia State University, Tbilisi and President of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili, PhD in Psychology, is a Director of the Institute of Addiction Studies at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a professor at the same university and co-founder of the Addiction Studies MA Program and Mental Health MA program (with the focus on teaching Psychotraumatology). She also works for the non-governmental foundation Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Tbilisi (GIP-T), a member of GIP Federation, which facilitates mental health reforms in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Ukraine, other former Soviet countries and currently also in Sri Lanka. Jana has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. Since 2002 she has been engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building processes in Georgia and the South Caucasus. She is a current president of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma. Since 2005 she is a contact person for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma in the South Caucasus, and since January 2019 – a president of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).


Nino Makhashvili, Ilia State University, Director, Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Tbilisi. Nino Makhashvili heads of Mental Health Resource Center and an associate professor at Ilia State University, Tbilisi and serves as a director of non-profit foundation “Global Initiative on Psychiatry-Tbilisi” (GIP-T). She has a medical degree from Tbilisi State Medical Institute, a diploma in Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry, Tbilisi and PhD degree in Public Health from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Nino has worked as a psychiatrist in in-patient and outpatient mental health clinics. Since mid-90’s she has been involved in the fields of community psychiatry and psychosocial support to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), prisoners, victims of interpersonal violence and torture, etc. Nowadays, with GIP-T team, she works on structural changes of mental health field in countries of Caucasus and Central Asia, also in Ukraine. As an associate professor and a head of Mental Health Resource Center at Ilia State University Nino is involved in academic teaching and research activities. She is one of the founders and a director of the MA Program on Mental Health at Ilia University – this is the 2-years’ long program for students from multidisciplinary background (medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, etc.). She is also one of the founders and directors of a mental health consultation service to students of our university. Her research interests include epidemiology of common mental disorders, mental health of war-affected populations, systems of mental health services, human rights in mental health. Nino is interested and together with her team is involved in deinstitutionalization processes in my region, communitybased service development, lobbying of trauma-informed and traumaspecific services, also in fields as prison mental health and forensic psychiatry, juvenile justice. Over the years, Nino has been nominated and served as a member of the Consultative Council on Mental Health to the Parliament of Georgia, the Mental Health Policy Advisory Board at Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Georgia; National Inter-Agency Coordination Council on Criminal Justice Reform at the Ministry of Justice; She is a member of advisory board to NPM, at Public Defender Office, Georgia. Nino leads a Georgian Society of Supervision and Couching.