Community based psychosocial support – foundation training

Copenhagen 8 to 11 March 2016

This training is our foundation course for building the skills needed to provide psychosocial support. Participants will gain insight into aspects of the psychosocial impact of crises and disasters and acquaint them with psychosocial support activities and programming.

The training is taught in a participatory manner, where participants are expected to have read the required pre-reading and to be active contributors throughout the training.

Dates, deadlines and other important information:

The training takes place in Copenhagen on 8 to 11 March 2016 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 6 pm on the last day of training (earliest possible flight from Copenhagen at 9pm).

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Deadline for application

Apply here! Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system.

1 February 2016 for applicants not requiring visa for Denmark

4 January 2016 for applicants requiring visa for Denmark

Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here:

Target group and required qualifications

Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers who are implementing psychosocial support activities or are planning to implement activities.

Good social skills, a strong interest in 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 trainng.

Please note that priority is given to Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers. Participants from other organisations will only be considered as exceptions.


The training is free of charge, but participants must cover their own expenses for travel, accomodation and per diem. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training.

Subjects covered in the training are:

  • Crisis events and psychosocial support
  • Stress and coping
  • Loss and grief
  • Community-based psychosocial support
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) and supportive communication
  • Children
  • Supporting staff and volunteers

It is also possible to combine this training with one or two days of one of the more specialized trainings offered by the PS Centre.

Goal of the training

After the training participants are able

  • to advocate for PS consideration in basic services;
  • carry out PSS activities in the National Societies with different target groups;
  • participate in strengthening community and family support;
  • participants are familiar with focused non specialised interventions and can co-facilitate peer-to-peer and group supports.

Participants will become

  • familiar with psychological and social reactions, needs and interventions, respecting relevant and appropriate cultural frameworks
  • familiar with a variety of interventions sensitive to local contexts


The required pre-reading must be completed before the start of the training, so each participant must dedicate approximately eight hours of preparation before the training.

Required pre-reading: Strengthening Resilience

Suggested pre-reading: Community-based psychosocial support – participants book


Join the discussion: 6 comments

  • Sulochana Poudel says:

    Is it for the Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers or other organisation’s employee or individuals having certain work experience in psycho social filed can also apply?

    • Louise Juul Hansen says:

      Thanks for your interest in the training. We have limited capacity for offering trainings, and therefore we have to give priority to participants from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. In practical terms, this means that only if the training cannot be filled with RC/RC participants will we open up to external participants. We do not foresee that this will happen for this training.
      Kind regards,
      Louise Juul Hansen, communications officer

  • Dr.Md.Fazlul Quader says:

    Thanks for information, It is very interactive training and I found very helpful after disaster side in Bangladesh as I was worked with IFRC as program manager psychosocial support program (National staff). But it can also help in non disaster people’s though. It stronger my confidence level. thanks all all of PS center including Nana..

  • Erin says:

    Do you still have availability in the March training for a non RC/RC participant?
    Thank you,