Broken Links: Psychosocial support for people separated from family members
The PS Centre has released two new publications with valuable information on providing psychosocial support for people who have been separated from family members. These materials – a field guide and a one-day training module – were developed to support staff and volunteers in a wide range of settings who may be in contact with families who have been separated from their loved ones.
Broken Links: A field guide, and Broken Links: Training module are useful resources for those working with missing persons and family reunification in various contexts. The 40-page field guide outlines possible causes of separation, discusses the psychosocial impacts of being separated, such as how we experience loss, and provides guidelines on how to support those who have been separated from family members – including delivering difficult news to loved ones, basic helping skills, interviews, on-going support and referrals, and reunification. There is also a chapter on self-care for staff and volunteers.
Broken Links: Training Module is a one-day training module that includes activities and discussion points, providing volunteers and staff with tools for a solid foundation in supporting people who have been separated from their loved ones. It also offers concrete and valuable guidance on self-care.
Broken Links: A field guide is also available for purchase in hard copy from the PS Centre.