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Co-chair for the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 2016 to 2017

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On 1 January 2016, the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support took up the position as Co-chair for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (MHPSS RG). The MHPSS RG is a unique collaboration between 38 member organisations covering IFRC, international NGO’s, UN agencies, International Organisation for Migration… Read more »

ToT – Community-based Psychosocial Support

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Registration open! Copenhagen 4 to 7 October 2016: This training prepares participants to facilitate the Community-based Psychosocial Support foundation training. It gives participants deeper insight into the content of Community-based psychosocial support – training kit, as the participants will facilitate parts from the modules in the training kit. Read more about the training and how to… Read more »

Talking body to body

Piraeus port, Athens, Greece, 17 March 2016. With the support of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and National Societies around the world, Hellenic Red Cross continues to provide relief, healthcare and psychosocial support to the migrants arriving to Greece.
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Talking Body to Body Nonverbal skills for supporting refugees arriving in Europe By Jonathan Nattel It is a sunny morning in late October, and Fatima, a refugee from Syria, is sitting on a bed in an Austrian transit centre. Fatima’s three-year old daughter is standing next to her, and is refusing to let Fatima change… Read more »

Testing new training methods

Screenshot from the XVR visualization tool: The city is experiencing a severe flood and a temporary evacuation centre has been set up in a safe place. A boat has just arrived carrying a number of evacuees, including a woman who was hastily evacuated while her children were in school. She is now very upset and afraid because she does not know where the children are, and they do not know that she has been evacuated. In this scenario, the participants must identify the woman in distress and provide PFA to her in order to help her feel calmer, so they can help her locate her children.

People who are affected by both small and large scale crises and disasters are often exposed to very distressing experiences, becoming separated from family members or their personal belongings, losing loved ones, being evacuated from their homes, or simply having to deal with the disruption to essential services. These experiences can have immediate as well as… Read more »

Psychosocial Monitoring and Evaluation Framework – new tool

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Provides an overview of monitoring and evaluation approaches and principles as key components of the programme management cycle. Psychosocial programme objectives and indicators are covered in depth – including quantitative and qualitative indicators, the importance of triangulation of data, and the how “neutral” indicators are used in the Indicator Guide.

Monitoring and evaluation is one of the most difficult aspects of psychosocial support programming. The IFRC Psychosocial Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework was developed in order to identify and ensure best practices throughout IFRC global psychosocial programmes, contributing to quality interventions and strengthening the advocacy for psychosocial support programmes. The framework aims to support National… Read more »

Planning and M&E training

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Finding out which interventions and activities work, how they work and why they work (or not) is a major challenge in psychosocial programming. But meeting the challenge is critical to accountability, learning and capacity building. In May 2016 The PS Centre offers a three day training in “Programming and M&E for psychosocial interventions” in Copenhagen for experienced psychosocial support programme managers

New training material: Sexual and gender-based violence

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Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges today. It takes various forms and occurs in diverse situations and contexts across the world. Acts of SGBV have serious impacts on individuals, their families and society as a whole. In the course of their work, staff and volunteers are often confronted with SGBV. However staff and volunteers often feel anxious about the appropriate way to handle these disclosures.

Emotional assistance is essential when working with migrants

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The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement calls for respecting the dignity and the social inclusion of migrants in their host communities and for ensuring that people on the move have unhindered access to the right to protection, health care and access to information at any phase of their difficult journey. Psychosocial support is an integral part Red Cross Red Crescent assistance thorough out.

New training materials

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The PS Centre is pleased to announce the release of two new training manuals: Caring for Volunteers training manual and Different. Just like you training guide. Different. Just like you: A psychosocial approach promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities: Training guide is a one-day training workshop based on the handbook of the same name…. Read more »