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Give Uniformed Services A Helping… Paw

Counteracting exclusion Completed
2014-08-04 - 2015-07-31
70 638,03 PLN
61 994,44 PLN
health/healthcare, uniformed services
Project description
According to expert estimates, 13% of policemen and 18% of firemen are endangered by the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and approx. 90% of prison service officers complain about a chronic stress. Also every tenth of Polish veterans from foreign missions is endangered by PTSD. Data from the Central Labour Protection Institute show the growing problem of psychological traumas caused by stress in those professional groups that create risk of job loss, family breakdown, and also increase the risk of suicide.
The aim of the project was to strengthen the therapy of neurotic disorders among officers of uniformed services, using a new method of therapeutic work with the participation of a dog, and thus to reduce the risk of exclusion of officers of uniformed services during psychological crisis. Psychotherapy with the participation of a dog improved the quality of the therapy conducted at the Ward for Treatment of Neurotic Disorders in the Specialist Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Otwock. Over 89% of patients declared that participation in sessions with a dog had positive effects by enhancing their skills to cope with stress and to overcome life difficulties, and that they will use information gained during the sessions in their lives after leaving the hospital.
During 8 6-week turns, psychologist included a dog in the therapeutic process and conducted group sessions (4 every week, in all 177 sessions) for all patients, as well as individual sessions. Individual sessions, mainly for persons diagnosed with PTSD, had usually intervention form, limited to 2-3 meetings for each person (in all 182 meetings). Group therapy was used by 470 patients, and individual therapy was used by 41 of them.
Surveys of state of health questionnaires were conducted, as well as questionnaire surveys of patients, based on which preventive programs, psychological support programs and stress management trainings can be developed. The therapy led under the project was used by 470 patients of the Specialist Hospital of the MIA, mainly policemen (334 officers) and prison guard service employees (63 persons), as well as employees of fireguards and border guards, and soldiers-veterans.
We use the grant for capacity building