Lunch and Learn: Surviving the Unthinkable: Exploring Ukrainian Resilience in the Face of War Trauma

Since February 24, 2022, Ukrainians have endured a multitude of horrors, including war crimes, violence, and mental trauma, with civilians facing constant shelling and displacement as refugees. Psychologists treating the complex post-traumatic effects face a unique challenge due to the unprecedented nature of the war trauma. However, despite the significant symptoms of acute stress, Ukrainians exhibit remarkable resilience in coping with the trauma. Dr. Prokhovnik-Raphique will explore these coping mechanisms and discuss ways in which volunteers and supporters can aid in the recovery process.

Dr. Alla Prokhovnik-Raphique is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma and addictive disorders in her private practice, Nurturing Roots Psychology. She holds a voluntary faculty appointment at Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai where she supervises psychology interns on their rotations at the Addiction Institute, as well as conducts forensic evaluations for individuals seeking asylum through the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Prokhovnik-Raphique serves as the COO for Ukraine NGO Coordination Network (UNCN), a network of non-profit organizations providing all forms of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.