On January 24, 2024, Lviv Polytechnic hosted an online webinar on “Psychological Support for Citizens in
Crisis Situations”. The event was attended by representatives of the LPNU academic community and
students. The speaker at the event was Iryna Sniadanko, a practicing psychologist, Doctor of Psychology,
Professor, Head of the Department of Theoretical and Practical Psychology at the Institute of Law,
Psychology and Innovative Education of Lviv Polytechnic National University.
Since the beginning of the war in 2014, Iryna Sniadanko has been a volunteer psychologist working with the military, and since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she was one of the first to work at the Center for Free Psychological Assistance at the LPNU.
The speaker familiarized the participants with the main tools for providing psychological support to citizens during crisis situations. The types of coping and their impact on personality resilience were also discussed. The concept of psychoeducation and its application in crisis situations were analyzed.
One of the outcomes of the meeting was that a crisis situation, in particular a war, is an abnormal situation in the development of society, so the behavior of each individual in this situation is absolutely normal and depends on many features of the stability of his or her psyche. After the speaker’s report, the academic community actively joined the discussion and asked questions. The participants of the online webinar took the considerable experience and results of the discussion into account. The format of the event allowed us to attract a larger number of participants while maintaining their safety.