Live training on MHPSS coordination in Budapest
From 9-10 December 2022, the DSS MHPSS programme and the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS organized their very first live training for roster members. 20 participants and 10 trainers gathered in Budapest at the WHO centre for two days.
The main topic of the training was MHPSS Coordination, and the various sessions were focused on: information management, the role of the IASC RG in MHPSS coordination, Minimum Service Package, MHPSS coordination in refugee contexts, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, real case studies, the MHPSS coordination handbook, Dutch Surge Support (DSS), and the code of conduct in the field. On the second training day, the participants had to bring this knowledge into practice during 4 simulation exercises where actors confronted them with real coordination dilemmas.
At the beginning and ending of the training, participants had to fill in a test on MHPSS coordination. The questions were the same, but the results improved from 10/18 to 12/18, which indicates a good learning curve. The participants reviewed the training with an average grade of 9.5. Among the most important things that participants learned were “the skills that are required for a MHPSS coordinator”, “the multisectoral approach in MHPSS coordination”, and “lessons from real case studies”.