Psychological Support at PetrSU during the Coronavirus Pandemic
The "new reality" of the coronavirus pandemic shows that both students and teachers at the university often face problems that professional psychologists can help to cope with.
The Center for Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being at Petrozavodsk State University organises psychological counselingforstudents and teachers of the university. The volunteers,senior psychology students of PetrSU,are involved incounseling. They are offered a program of additional training in psychological counseling and supervision by the teachers of the center.
"Counselingis necessary for students who primarily remain worried and concerned. In the pandemic, not only the new problems have arisen, but the old ones have become moreacute - the problems of loneliness, difficulties in relations with loved ones, and questions of self-determination,"
- commented Yuri Melnik,Head of the Center, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology of PetrSU.
Within the work of the PetrSU Open University in social networks, psychologists of the department hold the online seminars on stress during the coronavirus pandemic. The seminars study strategies of ineffective behavior to avoid and strategies of effective behavior to cope with emerging difficulties.
"Teachers of the Department of Psychology of PetrSU regularly publish materials in social networkson the problems of protecting and maintaining psychological well-being in the coronavirus pandemic, and tell how to behave in isolation. Teachers and students are offered recordings of lectures and consultations of professional psychologists on relevant issues emerging during the self-isolationperiod,"
- saidVadim Kolesnikov, Head of the Department of Psychology, Head of the Laboratory ofPsychological Problems and Health ProtectionatPetrSU.
Teachers and students with children have faced challenges caused by lockdown and the school shift to remote learning. At the beginning of the pandemic, the psychologists of PetrSUmade recommendations for parents to help them explain to children what was happening, organize interaction with teachers at the time of remote learning and do homework.
Currently, students, employees and teachers of PetrSU, as well as residents of the republic can receive psychologicalcounselingat the Center for Psychological Health and Emotional Well-being. The counselingisheld online.
Those people who have psychological difficulties in family and professional life, has faced with personal problems, as well as those who cannot cope with deep emotional sufferings on their own can obtain counseling.
Psychologists of the department will listen, provide all possible psychological assistance, make recommendations on self-help, or advise you to contact a specialist for therapy.