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).

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

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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

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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

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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 »

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.
Photo; Mirva Helenius, Finnish Red Cross

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 »