Setting up psychosocial programmes

Objective

Since the beginning of the decade, the need for community-based psychosocial support (PSS) in crisis response and development work has become increasingly clear. PSS programmes empower individuals and their communities in tackling emotional reactions to critical events. When planned and implemented correctly, PS programmes can help prevent an emergency from turning into a disaster.

Through a participatory approach, this training provides the knowledge and tools necessary for participants to plan and implement culturally appropriate, psychosocial interventions. The practices outlined during the training are derived from a large study of lessons learned and best practices after the Indian Ocean tsunami, and includes topics such as assessments, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating.

Target group

Red Cross staff

Length

Two to three days

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