Our Approach

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Addressing the long-term effects of trauma

RTI is providing mental health care and support that reaches beyond PFA (Psychological First Aid). While PFA is an effective way of helping people experiencing acute trauma, research has shown that much more is needed to address the issues faced by refugees who have undergone prolonged periods of high stress. We operate a regular and dependable programme of sessions where refugees can share experiences, be listened to and be understood. The promise of that safe environment that can provide stability, hope, and much-needed respite.

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Cultural awareness and mother-tongue skills

Meaningful and effective psychosocial care is built on a continuing relationship of trust and understanding between those who need care and those who provide it. That is why we employ experienced therapists with common language skills and the cultural awareness needed to connect with the people we work with. Awareness of the local culture is equally as important and an essential part of integration. Our team teaches basic Greek and Greek culture in their sessions.

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Designing sustainable models in refugee care

We continually monitor and evaluate the success of the work that we do, and we are developing our methods into models that can be taught and replicated elsewhere in Greece and globally. With the help of some of the world’s leading experts in early childhood care and trauma studies, we are aiming to launch pioneering programmes that will raise the global standard in mental health care for refugees and promote sector-leading practices in humanitarian self-care. To find out more about our partners click here.