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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 »

2014 Annual Report

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The year 2014 was characterized by an unusually high number of serious crises and disasters worldwide. Read the PS Centre’s annual report for 2014 to learn more about how the National Societies have met the challenges and how the the PS Centre strives to support the efforts of the National Societies

BLOG: Reflections in the field #3

tsunami-affected communities in the Tohoku region in Japan

The PS Centre has asked Jolie Wills, Psychosocial Knowledge Sharing and Research Advisor for New Zealand Red Cross, to share her experiences in and impressions of psychosocial recovery work with the readers of the PS Centre’s website. Purpose and potted plants In exploring how we support those working in disaster recovery, I visited tsunami-affected communities… Read more »

Banishing Ebola from the body, mind and soul

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“Little by little, men dressed in white suits invaded my dreams,” explains Antoine Kovana Kolié, the former nurse from Conakry turned Safe and Dignified Burial team leader for the Red Cross. He rubs his eyes as he remembers the sleepless nights, deprived of the rest that he desperately needed to get through the most testing of days, burying up to 12 bodies a day, young and old alike, struck down by the Ebola virus disease.

New book: Moving Together

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MOVING TOGETHER: Promoting psychosocial well-being through sport and physical activity is a handbook for experts and practitioners in sociology, psychology, social work, sport and physical education to enable them to deliver psychosocial support programmes in crisis situations. Well-designed sport activities offer a safe and friendly space for expressing and addressing problems and fears and help…

Training: Psychosocial support in emergencies

Philippines, Ormoc, Leyte Province; 3 December 2013 Red Cross field hospitals consider more than just emergency and primary medical care. As part of the field hospital ERU (Emergency Response Unit), toys are included to allow older children to play. This photo was taken at a Red Cross field hospital in Ormoc, which has been assisting the district hospital, which was all but destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, serving a population of over 100,000 people. The Red Cross has been active in providing services and support since the first hours after the onset of this disaster.

Psychosocial support in emergencies – four days advanced training Humanitarian actors recognize that natural disasters, armed conflicts, epidemic outbreaks and acts of terror cause significant psychological and social suffering to affected populations. The psychological and social impacts of emergencies may be acute in the short term and can undermine the long-term mental health and psychosocial… Read more »