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  • 2a Papanikoli, Sidera Halandri, Athens | 13 Fragon, Thessaloniki
  • Athens:+30210-6463367 | Thessaloniki:+302310-510010

UNICEF - Refugee: Training & Supervision

Project collaboration of Merimna, EKKA and UNICEF funding

Since 2016, Merimna has implemented 3 capacity-building projects, addressed initially to field workers who support refugee and migrant children and their families in camps, and subsequently to field workers and coordinators of accommodation structures for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). These projects were funded by UNICEF and involved Merimna’s collaboration with the National Center for Social Solidarity and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The aim of these projects is to build the capacity -through training and clinical supervision– of field workers who support mostly unaccompanied refugee and migrant children who live in various accommodation facilities across the country (Athens, Thiva, Aegean islands, Crete, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Kozani, etc). The training pertains to topics related to the operation of the hosting structures, and to principles of effective psychosocial support for unaccompanied refugee children who have experienced multiple losses and live under prolonged limbo conditions, as they face an uncertain future.

Following a needs assessment (Merimna’s Report, December 2018) field workers reported three major areas they needed more education and support: (1) managing conflict and violence, (2) supporting adolescents who self-harm, and (3) managing occupational stress. We have thus prepared educational material for each of the aforementioned topics, which was tested in training seminars with field workers across Greece, and subsequently led to the publication of three booklets in greek and english. This initiative was very well received by shelter coordinators, field workers and other members of the community supporting UASC.

By the end of December 2019, “Merimna” will have trained more than 600 field workers from different accommodation settings for UASC and will continue to provide supervision to approximately 100 field workers who provide services in hotels that accommodate adolescents in northern Greece.

With funding provided by UNICEF and the European Commission.

Coming soon.


For more information about the project please contact:

Dr. Eugenia Vathakou, Project Manager
Childhood Bereavement Counseling Center in Athens
Address: 2a Papanikoli, Sidera Halandri, Athens, Greece (map)
Email: administration@merimna.org.gr, evathakou@hotmail.com
Telephone: +30 210 6463367, +30 6948 890739

Mrs.Artemis Seitanidou, Project Administrator, responsible for the implementation and evalution of the project activities in Thessaloniki
Childhood Bereavement Counseling Center in Thessaloniki
Address: 13 Fragkon (7th floor), Thessaloniki, 54626, Greece (map)
Email: thessaloniki.support@merimna.org.gr
Telephone: +30 2310 510010