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Saint Petersburg Foundation for Crisis Psychological Help for Children and Youth New Steps is a non-governmental non-profit organization, uniting professional psychologists which work to help children and families.

The New steps Foundation started its activities as a group of professionals who worked with children in crisis and troubled families at child psychiatrical service in Saint Petersburgin the mid 1990s.

"New steps" Foundation's primary goals are:

Organization of and providing psychological help to children, teenagers and their parents in crisis situations mostly connected to child abuse.

Specialized trainings for professionals dealing with children who suffered from physical, sexual, emotional abuse and needs' neglect.

Facilitating activities of non-profitable organizations and government owned services providing social services to make their work with children and families more effective.

Facilitation for specialists working with children and their families to prevent burnout syndrome.

Expert evaluation of the effectiveness of social services and consulting in planning and projecting perspectives to help children and their families for donors and grantees.


"New Steps" Foundation's activity is financed by grant programs, its employees' contribution and volunteers.


Due to seminars that New Steps Foundation held since the mid 1990s about child abuse and neglect, many professional psychologists and social workers, teachers and doctors from different Russian regions (St Petersburg, Moscow, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kazan, Tomsk, Surgut, Barnaul, Khabarovsk, Magadan and others) got their first trainings for understanding the child abuse and developed skills to detect abuse and provide social and psychological help to children.

The most well-known non-profit organizations offering help to children and troubled families in St Petersburg used services of New Steps psychologists to train their own employees and their partners from community social services.

In 2001-2009 under financial support US-Russia program Assistance to Russian Orphans the specialists of the New Steps Foundation participated at various activities for developing and implementing regional programs for early detection of child abuse and developing techniques to assist children who had been subject to abuse in different Russian regions. The New Steps psychologists trained and supervised activities of inter-institutional groups of specialists and followed up their results in these regions.

In 2006-2007 the New Steps psychologists contributed to program aimed at helping children, parents and teachers in the town of Beslan (North Ossetia region) that had been attacked by terrorists who hostaged school pupils on 09/01/2004.

In 2006-2009 and 2012-2014 New steps implemented a program to prevent burn-out syndrome for non-profitable organizations offering help to children and their families in St Petersburg.

Due to work with a number of social services in St Petersburg and Moscow the New Steps psychologists developed a method to conduct psychological group for troubled parents (alcohol abusing, neglecting children's needs or abusing them). It increased the effectiveness of help provided to parents and improve children's family situations (reduction of abuse incidents; parents compliance with social programs increased; early detection of other issues).

The New Steps has been assisting work of a volunteer hot line for adolescents in St Petersburg. The counselors of the line are volunteers aged 18-21, mostly university students, who have been trained by the New Steps psychologists. The most of callers to the line are children and young people who have difficulties in communicating with peers or parents, some of them young people with special needs and other complex problems.

Over last 10 years psychologists of New Steps published some books and teaching guides for professionals in social and psychological help:
Irina Alexeeva, Ilya Novoselskiy et al. Child Abuse. Reasons. Consequences. Help. [Moscow: The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 2013 470 pages. 3d edition, expanded and revised; Moscow: The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 2010 460 pages. 2nd edition, expanded and revised; Moscow: Genesis Publishing house, 2006. 256 pages. 1st edition]
Irina Alexeeva, Ilya Novoselskiy et al. Rehabilitation work with children who have experienced psychological trauma [Moscow: The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 2013. 238 pages]
  Irina Alexeeva, Ilya Novoselskiy How to hear the kids. The guide and illustrated toolkit for professionals in orphanage to assist to children of illegal emigrant from Moldova to clarify and articulate their position in relation to the future and the possible repatriation to the Republic of Moldova [Moscow: The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 2012]
  Irina Alexeeva, Ilya Novoselskiy, Elina Zhilina, Tatiana Lupolishina Work with traumatized children. Guidelines for group training. [St.Petersburg: Rech Publishing house, 2012. 156 pages]



Contact Us:


By e-mail (in russian or english):newsteps@newsteps.ru


By phone (mostly in russian): +7 (812) 980-5311


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199178, Russia, Saint-Petersburg, 10 line ofVassilevskiy Ostrov, build.59 Marcus, office 419