Lela Tsiskarishvili holds bachelor and masters degrees in psychology. Since 2000 Lela is employed at the Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims – GCRT. In 2005 she became the executive director of the organization. GCRT is the largest trauma service in Georgia with 4 regional offices. GCRT provides assistance to victims of torture, people affected by war, refugees and internally displaced persons, victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, people who’s family members have gone missing as a result of wars, etc.
Lela is the founding member and the board member of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma, which is affiliated with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Lela is actively involved in training and educating health and mental health professionals on trauma related issues in Georgia and internationally. Together with colleagues Lela contributed to the establishment of Masters Program in Mental Health at Ilia State university, where she teaches introduction to psychotraumatology and disaster mental heath.
Lela is actively involved in the field of human rights. From 2006 to 2009 she was member of the Public Defender’s board for monitoring psychiatric instiuttions, from 2009 to 2012 she was member of the National Preventive Mechanism. Lela is the founding member and formerly a board member of Human Rights House Tbilisi.
Zurab Beberashvili is the medical director of GCRT and one of the founding members of GCRT. Zurab is a psychiatrist by profession, he plans and supervises all rehabilitation programs of the centre