UUP and EAP Joint Online Symposium – Friday February 23rd 2024 – “The Tragedy of Childhood in the Time of War.”

In this Fourth Symposium, which is organized and held jointly by the Ukrainian Umbrella Association of Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy, we are turning our attention to children and the effect of war on children.

We are very pleased and proud to have distinguished speakers who are experts in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Dr. Vera Zimprich, Prof. Halyna Katolyk, Prof. Dr. Mykhailo Pustovoit, Asst. Prof. Kataryna Dzivak and Dr. Irena Bezić are giving their important presentations for both Ukrainian and European Psychotherapists.

Opening addresses with Patricia Hunt FRSA and Alexander Mironenko

Dr. Vera Zimprich “The Effect of War on the Souls of Children”

Professor Halyna Katolyk “War and Children: The View of a Ukrainian Child Psychotherapist”

Professor Dr Mykhailo Pustovoit and Assistant of Professor Kataryna Dzivak “Clinical and Psychopathological Characteristics of Children and Adolescents of Internally Displaced Persons who Suffered from Hostilities in Ukraine.”

Dr. Irena Bezić “The Games which Children Play in Times of War.”

Round table of all speakers with moderators Professor Roman Kechur and Professor Eugenijus Laurinaitis


Psychotherapists are required to engage in extensive personal psychotherapy during their training which is up to seven years duration. Psychotherapists usually have a first degree followed by a professional, highly specialised, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development. The EAP promotes the recognition of common standards of training throughout Europe, and will ensure their mobility across member states.