THESE are the notorious Kibera Slums of Kenya, Courtesy Eric Green
our u.s. & global pro bono engagement overview
(low-fee/no-fee pro bono services of abbey psychological services)
engaged abbey ~ abbey global
Independent, confidential consultative services for select, requesting, global administrators, humanitarians, missionaries, governmental and field workers aiming to support individual and family mental health, child and family functioning in particular , safety and overall wellbeing of staff and workers in the most remote locations, in especially challenging geopolitically unstable regions, countries, or highly challenging interpersonal situations, around the world. Provide enhanced linkage to other agencies where we can.
Recent work has included confidential consultation with other agencies on the differential effects on varied ages of children regarding impairment of their parents' health and/or mental health status, identifying acute and chronic stressors, whether or not, and to what degree these might be alleviated, participate in decision-making with involved supervising staff, families and agencies regarding pertinent psychological issues bearing on safe and immediate extraction- especially highlighting variables specific to the safety and emotional safety of the youngest and otherwise most dependent family members.
engaged abbey ~ blue canoe
Rapid, low/no fee mental health and direct emergency support and linkage services for indigent, homeless, street youth; young people with complex, complicated medical conditions
such as HIV/AIDS, some of transgender status, most with little to no adult support; children and youth at considerable risk who are without basic family support (housing/employment) and who are victims or potential victims of gender-based harassment, gender-based violence; incessant threat and bullying; family ostracization, etc. Some are failures of the foster care system.
Another category of youth at high risk are undergoing acute medical procedures - receiving treatment for pediatric cancer, awaiting organ transplant, have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, etc. , and for psychological reasons, are experiencing high levels of alienation as well within their families. We aim to provide emotional/psychological support, rapid assessment, brief treatment or as long as needed, connection and linkage, and hope.
This is a beloved, sixteen-year pro-bono treatment and linkage project of Dr. Ruebsamen.
Ukraine Recovery Project
Independent instruction in response to appeal by Ukrainian psychologists, psychiatrists, medical and mental health providers who came together from war-ravaged areas of Ukraine. Our contributions revolve around teaching and rapid training regarding the nature, effects, and treatment of torture and its aftermath - as pertain to recently physically wounded, traumatized and tortured soldiers who, though severely injured, are only briefly returned home, seen by medical personnel, briefly housed with their families, and almost immediately returned to armed conflict. We were asked, as well, to provide training and materials suitable for a range of understanding that would be considered helpful for wives and partners of those returning soldiers who suffered from severe PTSD -- in order that the women could be better prepared to manage the returnee's distress and the upheaval it causes within the family (especially the small children). An ongoing pro bono consulting project of Drs. Livingston and Ruebsamen.
always be listening global initiative ~
Global initiative and a US-based nonprofit of Dr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston serving children in ten countries at border regions of significant geopolitical instability and high danger.
We aim to uniquely address the needs of war/armed conflict children fleeing to neighboring, receiving countries by assessing their lived war experiences and ways of coping, and their lingering PTSD experience, then accurately assign them to fitting intervention/treatment groups.