4 to 6 April: Training in IASC Guidelines

IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings – trainng

Copenhagen  4 to 6 April 2017

This is a three-day training, during which the participants will become acquainted with the Inter-Agency Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (IASC MHPSS) and other associated products.  The training is designed for Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers who already have knowledge of managing or implementing mental health and psychosocial support programmes in emergency settings.

The core content of the training consists of the IASC MHPSS Guidelines and other associated inter-agency tools – such as the referral tool and a mapping tool used for coordination.

Participants will learn how to assess, monitor and evaluate MHPSS programmes in emergency settings, they will also learn how to identify, recruit, train and support staff and volunteers.  The second part of the training looks at core mental health and psychosocial support interventions, such as community mobilisation, health services, education and the dissemination of information.  The final part of the training will be especially useful for national societies carrying out multi-sectoral responses to emergencies, as it covers social considerations across humanitarian sectors with a particular emphasis on food and nutrition, shelter and site planning, and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).

Training objective

Understand the goals, purpose and Core Principles of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.

Understand how to utilize the IASC MHPSS Guidelines Action Sheets, to design and implement MHPSS interventions.

Dates, deadlines and other important information:

The training takes place in Copenhagen on 4 to 6 April 2017 from 9 to 17 all days.

Participants must be able to participate in the entire training, arriving the night before and departing from the training venue no earlier than 5 pm on the last day of training (earliest possible flight from Copenhagen at 8 pm).

If you have questions, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk

Deadline for application: 15 January 2017

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system: Click here to go to the online registration

Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here:

The PS Centre is only able to provide limited support for visa application (letter of invitation, VU1 Form and Support Letter), and can only do so for applicants who meet the 15 January 2017  application deadline.

Target group and required qualifications

  • Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers
  • Participants working with mental health and psychosocial support in conflict and natural disaster settings.
  • Participants must have practical humanitarian experience in managing or coordinating mental health and psychosocial programmes in emergency settings.
  • Participants must have participated in a community-based psychosocial support training or equivalent.
  • Good social skills, a strong interest in mental health and psychosocial support, and a willingness to participate actively during the training is required.
  • The training will be conducted in English so all participants must have sufficient English skills to participate actively in the training.


Participants must cover their own expenses for travel, accomodation and per diem. There is no training fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training.

Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and accomodation, and can only expect limited support for this from the PS Centre.

Required pre-reading:

The required pre-reading must be completed before the start of the training, so each participant must dedicate a full day of preparation before the training.

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/legacy_files/Guidelines%20IASC%20Mental%20Health%20Psychosocial%20%28with%20index%29.pdf

IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings: Checklist for Field Use: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/node/2888

IASC Reference Group Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Assessment Guide: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/iasc_rg_mhpss_assessment_guide_.pdf