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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 »

Lessons Learned: Psychosocial Support in Ebola

COVER Ebola lessons learned report

Psychosocial support (PSS) has been one of the five pillars of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the Ebola operation gradually moves from response to recovery, there are growing experiences in terms of understanding the psychosocial needs of beneficiaries, staff, and… Read more »

Using Psychosocial Support to Combat Future Ebola Outbreaks

Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

Psychosocial support will form part of the daily work of the Liberian Red Cross volunteers when conducting community event-based surveillance (CEBS) in the communities. Being successful at CEBS requires good attentive listening skills, empathy, the ability to foster trust, and being supportive to families and communities. So to me, psychosocial support skills are essential in fighting future outbreaks of Ebola.

Staff updates

PS Centre staff June 16

PS Centre staff One 1 June 2016 the PS Centre welcomed its newest team member, Martin Rosenkilde Pedersen who has taken up the position as Senior Fundraising and Partnership manager. Martin joins the 10 persons strong team in Copenhagen. During the last half year the PS Centre has been strengthened by an additional technical advisor,… Read more »