Psychosocial Support in National Emergencies
Copenhagen, 27 February to 2 March 2018
In times of emergency, psychosocial responders are responsible for planning and supporting psychosocial activities as part of the emergency response.
This training will enable participants to plan and implement psychosocial responses in the direct response in national emergencies. The training builds on IFRC strategic frameworks and strategies and global minimum standards for humanitarian agencies for gender, violence prevention, child protection and community engagement and accountability. The training prepares the psychosocial responder for field work in psychosocial support by giving a clear understanding of concepts of psychosocial support in emergencies. Participants will learn how to implement suitable psychosocial support activities and familiarize themselves with assessment, planning and monitoring tools for national responses during times of crisis. The training uses a participatory approach promoting interaction and engagement in the learning process and is based on problem-based learning.
Participants are required to be familiar with core concepts in psychosocial support, have read the relevant manuals and supporting documents as listed below. They must also have an interest in problem-based and participatory facilitation methods and tools.
The training is conducted in English, therefore participants must have sufficient language skills to participate actively during the sessions.
The training will cover the following topics:
- Basic concepts of crisis event and psychosocial support
- Risks, resilience and protective factors for communities affected by crisis events
- Reflecting on the role and mandate of their National Society in crisis events
- Assessing the needs of the affected population
- Integrating community engagement and accountability in psychosocial supports
- Planning, designing and implementing psychosocial activities
- Integrating child protection and protection aspects in psychosocial programming
- Establishing child and other friendly spaces
- Exploring how to ensure linkages with other sectors
- Coordinating and cooperating with other stakeholders
- Practicing preparation and training volunteers
- Understanding the importance of caring for staff and volunteers
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).
Training certificates will be issued based on fulfilling the following criteria:
Has done the required pre-reading
Has at least 80 % attendance during the training
Has participated actively during the training
Has facilitated part of sessions using a participatory approach
Deadline for application is 1 December 2017 – please note that getting a visa to Denmark may take some time.
Please note that we only accept applications submitted through the online system: Click here to go the online application form
Please identify the specific visa requirements for your country here.
Target group and required qualifications
Red Cross Red Crescent domestic emergency responders working with psychosocial support, psychosocial support programme managers, disaster managers and psychosocial support staff and volunteers.
Participants must book and pay for their own expenses for travel, accommodation and per diem, but there is no training fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training.
Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Situations http://www.ifrc.org/Global/Photos/Secretariat/201505/Gender%20Diversity%20MSCs%20Emergency%20Programming%20HR3.pdf
IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
Community-based psychosocial support – A training kit https://pscentre.org/topics/training-kit-publications/
Caring for Volunteers Tool Kit and training manual Please note that this manual is also available in French, Arabic, Russian and Spanish
Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Situations
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.