ROZRADA is a humanitarian NGO in Ukraine that provides social and psychological consultation services to individuals, couples, families, organizations groups and government agencies.
The International Humanitarian Center ROZRADA was founded in 1994 through the common efforts of Ukrainian psychologist Valentina Bondarovskaia, Ph.D. and American psychologist Janae Weinhold, Ph.D., Co-Director of CICRCL. The two colleagues and friends who were guided by ideas of good, love and the desire to help everyone who is in need.
History of ROZRADA’s Founding
Janae and Valentina met in August of 1990 during Barry and Janae’s trip to the USSR with a group of American “citizen diplomats.” This family-stay trip began in what was then Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), then took them to Moscow and on to Kiev for a week on a riverboat traveling down the Dnieper River to the Black Sea. During this weeklong journey of about 200 Ukrainians and 30 Americans, Janae and Valentina became friends and colleagues. Their first joint effort was facilitating discussion groups for the women aboard the ship where they shared about themselves and their lives.
A big part of these discussions involved the impact of the Chernobyl disaster on their lives and their families. Barry and Janae felt a great deal in common with the people of Ukraine, as they were living in Zurich, Switzerland at the time of the disaster and experienced this catastrophe first-hand. During the many hours of discussion and sharing, Valentina explained her great frustration and sadness about the need for practical psychological tools to help the traumatized Chernobyl survivors.
Janae and Valentina’s discussions and growing friendship on this life-altering trip formed the foundation for what has grown into a deep personal and profound professional relationship. Janae and Barry hosted Valentina for a one-month visit in the winter of 1991, and provided her with training in practical psychology through CICRCL and through the Counseling and Human Services Program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Then CICRCL sponsored two exchange trips, one taking a group of Americans to Kiev and another bringing a group of Ukrainians to Colorado Springs. These two trips focused primarily on providing humanitarian aid and crisis counseling to Chernobyl survivors. Janae also made several trips to Kiev in 1991 and 1992 to support this effort.
In 1994 Janae and Valentina signed documents with the Colorado Secretary of State legally linking CICRCL and ROZRADA as collaborating NGOs. Janae then met Valentina and ROZRADA’s staff of eight in Bratislava, Slovakia, for 10 days of intensive training in practical psychology. Janae has returned periodically to Kiev to provide ongoing consultation, training, supervision and personal coaching for ROZRADA’s staff and clients.
Collaborative Projects Between CICRCL and ROZRADA
Over the past 22 years, Janae has offered numerous trainings through CICRCL and ROZRADA in codependency, counterdependency, conflict resolution, developmental systems theory, developmental process work, healing developmental trauma, domestic violence and couples counseling. She finds Valentina and her Ukrainian students to be outstanding collaborators in refining the cross-cultural aspects of the work she and Barry do together. In 1997, ROZRADA translated and published the Russian edition of Breaking Free of the Codependency Trap. In 2009 ROZRADA translated and published the Russian edition of Counter-dependency: The Flight From Intimacy.
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Valentina and Janae are working on other collaborative projects for 2013 and beyond. Check back here for news and updates.