News & Media

Dramatic events such as natural disasters, conflicts and civil unrest attract media attention. As one of the strategic approaches of the PS Centre is communication and documentation, contact with the media goes hand in hand with our obligation to inform and disseminate.

The PS Centre’s web site features news stories from all over the world on psychosocial support as part of the IFRC intervention in humanitarian crisis. Formerly published articles and stories can be found in the news archive.

Coping with Crisis is a a quarterly magazine that issues a monthly newsletter called PS News.

Videos featuring the work of the PS Centre can be found on our YouTube channel (links below).

Register for the Caring for Volunteers training!

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Caring for volunteers – training of trainers: Copenhagen, 14 to 16 November 2017

The training will equip participants with knowledge, skills and tools on planning and implementing caring for volunteers activities and interventions based on the IFRC PS Centre “Caring for Volunteers, a Psychosocial Support Toolkit”.

PS Academy 2017

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The 2017 PS Academy trainings are planned on the following dates. Please note that not all trainings are yet open for registration. This post will be updated as trainings are opened for registration, and it will be announced on the PS Centre Facebook page and in the newsletter PS News (if you do not already receive… Read more »

Pledge to address the psychological effect of armed conflicts and violence

Photo: Ibrahim Malla SARC

Sign the pledge!  Armed conflicts and violence give rise to great mental health and psychosocial challenges among millions of men, women, boys and girls around the world. While needs are currently increasing, mental health and psychosocial well-being is still not high enough on the list of priorities in the field of humanitarian intervention. Therefore IFRC… Read more »

2017 training in PSS for survivors of SGBV

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The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) Copenhagen 7 to 9 February 2017 The training of trainers (ToT) in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) enables participants to conduct the two-day basic training in “Psychosocial support for people affected by SGBV”. The ToT is a three day training, during which the participants… Read more »

Webinar: Inner resilience – Mental health and Psychosocial Support

Photo: Jakob Dall, Danish Red Cross

Inner Resilience: Mental health and psychosocial support The PS Centre and the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support proudly presents a webinar about “Inner Resilience”. The webinar took place on Friday 14 October at 09:00 CET The speakers are: Dr Maureen Mooney, PhD, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School… Read more »

12 new PhD fellowships in psychotraumatology

November 2015, Spanish ERU child friendly space, Samos. Spanish PS Delegate María De Laiglesia Noriega and PS Centre TA Louise Vinther-Larsen in child friendly space. The children are in the camp after having crossed the Mediterranean by boat.

In January 2016 12 PhD fellows join “The COllaborative Network for Training and EXcellence in psychoTraumatology (CONTEXT)”. They will spend three years doing research within the areas of EU-based asylum seekers and refugees; Emergency-service personnel and humanitarian first-responders; and Survivors and perpetrators of childhood- and gender-based violence The goal of CONTEXT is to conduct high… Read more »

External trainings

To learn about the steps one needs to take when making an assessment, the participants formed a human roadmap to assessment: One participant was asked to stand with a card with the words “Final assessment at one end of the room. The other participants move to the other end of the room and discuss all the steps leading to “Final assessment” writing them down on cards and placing them in chronological order leading up to “Final assessment”. 
Steps can include: Collect secondary data; Consider timeframe for datacolletion; Design questionnaire/interview guide; Choose site and informants; Pilot test; Consider methodologies etc.

The PS Centre is far from the only provider of training and courses in mental health and psychosocial support. All over the world, organizations, universities and other educational institutions are offering courses. Some are short online trainings, others are longer academic courses ending with examinations and ECTS points and yet others are somewhere in between…. Read more »