32nd International Congress on Law and Mental Health
July 29, 2011
Legal and Forensic Medical Regulations in Context of Torture in Georgia
September 24, 2011

Training in Zugdidi


Press Release

Training in Zugdidi, September 2011

The training – Workshop: Physical and Mental/Psychological Consequences of Torture. Principles of Documentation and Reporting according to the Istanbul Protocol, Treatment and Rehabilitation for Doctors working with risk groups (Medical Experts, Psychiatrists etc) Was held in September 15 – 17, 2011 in Zugdidi in IDP Out Patient Clinic, 206 Gamsakhurdia Str, III Floor, .Zugdidi, Georgia. The Workshop was organized by the International Psycho – Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture “EMPATHY”, Georgian Medical Association and Crisis Intervention Centre of Women’s association Nabakevi and Darcheli (Georgia/Abkhazia) with support of the IRCT materials in the framework of the Programme of the RCT/EMPATHY – Strengthening the System of Rehabilitation for Torture Victims in Georgia. This programme is funded by the European Union, UNVFVT, and IRCT.

During this training 31 health experts, among them 26 several specialties doctors and 5 psychologists and social workers were trained on issue of torture and other relevant topics of documentation and rehabilitation and consequently received special Certificates. Training was accredited in years 2006, 2008 in the MoH CEM/CPD programme and consequently doctors received 25 credit points. In this training – workshop together with local doctors the representatives from military region of Abkhazia were participate as well. In the end of mentioned above training the future plans of collaboration were identified.

Following trainer – experts, recourse persons from Tbilisi and local organizations were participated in this training:

LIST OF Trainers/Facilitators

All Trainers are certified specialists on Istanbul Protocol (Training of Trainers) 

1. Dr. Mariam Jishkariani, MD, WPA, Section “Torture Psychological Consequences and Persecution”, Council Member Torture History and Definition, Psychological Aspects of Torture, Interview Considerations and Reporting, Preparation of Case and Workshop on Medical Ethics, as well as Workshop: Current Situation in Georgia RCT/EMPATHY, Georgia;Dr. Psychiatrist, President of the RCT/EMPATHY, Project Director
2. Dr. Rusudan Beriashvili, MD. PhD Associated Professor, Physical Aspects of Torture, Methods of Torture, Preparation of Reports Georgian Association of Forensic Doctors, TSMU Forensic Medicine Department, Head of Tbilisi Emergency Aid
3 Dr Tsitsino Grdzelishvili Facilitator RCT/EMPATHY, Doctor Physician (case Manager)
4 Dr. Nona Tarbaia Local Facilitator/Recourse Person Crisis Intervention Centre in Nabakevi
5 Dr. Lia Kintsurashvili Facilitator RCT/EMPATHY, Crisis Intervention Programme Coordinator
6 Dr. Tamaz Janashia Local recourse person IDP Out Patient Clinic in Zugdidi
7 Dr. Nata Abuladze Local recourse person Psychiatrist, Out patient Psychiatry Clinic in Zugdidi
8 Ms. Marina Davitaia Local Coordinator IDP NGO
9 Dr Levan labauri Medical Expert (materials on ethical standards were used during the training) Georgian Medical Association


Distributed Publications:

  • Medical/Psychological Manual, Georgian and Russion Version – Prepared by the RCT/EMPATHY and GMA and Forensic Expert’s Association (Jishkariani, Labauri, Beriashvili, IRCT materials were used, also materials of WPA Section ”Torture Psychological Consequences and Persecution and RCT/EMPATHY materials).
  • Istanbul Protocol – Georgian and Russian Version, Georgian Pablished version was provided by the UN OHCHR Office in Tbilisi
  • International Instruments for the Fights Against Torture – Georgian and Russian Version (IRCT, Updated and prepared Russian Version by the PRI)
  • All presentations also was distributed on CD.