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).

New book: Moving Together

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…

New Coping with Crisis

This issue of Coping with Crisis examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves. It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations…. Read more »

BLOG: Reflections in the field #5

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. The pain of discounted realities Thirteen years since that fateful September day, I find myself in New York… Read more »

BLOG: Reflections in the field #2

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. Rejuvenating eucalypts – an analogy for human recovery? No reading and research can ever prepare you for the… Read more »

BLOG: Reflections in the field #4

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. Creative energy and creative minds When I meander around Christchurch, New Zealand, I begrudgingly notice how the physical… Read more »

BLOG: What I learned about staff support #4

The PS Centre has asked long-time roster member Gordy Dodge, Ph.D., LP to share his reflections, observations and recommendations from 25 years of experience in domestic and international disaster work with the readers of the PS Centre’s website. In the final blog post in our series about care for staff and volunteers, Gordy Dodge reflects… Read more »

BLOG: What I learned about staff support #3

The PS Centre has asked long-time roster member Gordy Dodge, Ph.D., LP to share his reflections, observations and recommendations from 25 years of experience in domestic and international disaster work with the readers of the PS Centre’s website. In the third blog post in our series about care for staff and volunteers, Gordy Dodge reflects on… Read more »

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 »