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What is CAMBODIA Mekong Project?

Mekong Project is a project for the treatment of traumatized victims who have been suffering from any kind of traumatic event which leads them to dysfunctional behavior in their daily life activities. The project has been technically and financially supported by Terre des Hommes Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany). Within the past 3 years, Trauma Aid has trained trauma therapists in Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia in which there were around 20 Cambodians had been trained rigorously to know how to use EMDR Approach and Stabilization Techniques for the psychological treatment of their traumatized clients in Cambodia.

Specifically, Cambodia has, similar to other South Asian Countries, been remarkably found there are numerous people in this country suffer from domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, situation and supply for refugees, religious and Transmission of Trauma to Future Generations, military conflicts or natural disasters. It is mostly women and children who are affected whilst lacking psycho-trauma treatment provided by the specialists has been reported nationally.

As a result, The Cambodian Mekong Project has been created in 2010 by Trauma Aid/HAP Germany, in which there are currently 8 EMDR therapists working for the Project, to provide a free of charge service of Psycho-trauma Treatment to Traumatized Cambodian People who are suffering from their past traumatic experiences and really have an actual need of Psychological Consultation to get recovery from their psychological difficulties.

Later in 2017, the core team of the Mekong III project in the Cambodia office and with technical support from the monitoring team, Dr. Ute Sodemann and Dr. Peter Bumke started to form up a trauma treatment center which was known as Psychological Care Center of Cambodia (PCC-Cambodia). PCC-Cambodia has been providing three main mental health supports and services to mostly NGO partners and some government sectors. One of the main activities is providing psychological treatment to clients with trauma-related mental health problems/disorders. Another activity is providing basic and advance mental health workshops and training to lay counselors and mental health professionals and the third main activity is conducting scientific research and study in the field of mental health and psychological trauma particularly in the context of Cambodia.

All of the center staff who are working as therapists have finished at least a master’s degree in clinical psychology and trauma treatment or psychotherapy using EMDR therapy which mainly trained by the Mekong III project. There are about 13 therapists are working in the center. Some of them have been trained in other forms of therapy as well such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Family Therapy, and Art Therapy. About half of the therapists are a senior therapist and accredited as an EMDR Clinical Consultant/Supervisor from Europe.