Minister for Emergency Situations Yevgeny Zinichev got familiar with the operation of the Emergency Ministry’s Center for Emergency Psychological Aid (CEPA) on 8 June.
Director of the CEPA Yulia Shoigu told the Minister about what the Center did and gave details about the work done by emergency response office saying how psychologists move out to a disaster area and how much time they need to do that. She also showed working places of hot line and psychological support operators who provide round-the-clock psychological support to people, demonstrated the unique automated Psychologist system developed by the Center’s psychologists.
Mr. Zinichev was also able to see technical innovations of the psychological and psychophysiological research office: Psychophysiologist – a device for examining and assessing psychophysiological state of a person, methods of functional biomanagement based on biological reverse connection, equipment for medical and psychological rehabilitation.
The Minister noted an important role of the psychological service and wished it to develop further keeping abreast of achievements of modern science.
The Emergency Ministry’s CEPA was created on 17 September 1999. It now employs more than 350 specialists working in the Center and its branches in Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Sebastopol, Saint Petersburg. The Center provides organizational and instructional management of the Emergency Ministry’s psychological service, coordinates and provides emergency psychological support to the people affected during emergencies and holds events to maintain mental health and wellbeing of specialists working at the Emergency Ministry.