What we do

The mission of the PS Centre is to promote and enable the psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, humanitarian staff and volunteers through psychosocial support. The long-term vision is to be the global centre of excellence within community-based psychosocial support.

What is psychosocial support?

To understand what we do and how we do it, it is useful to understand the nature of psychosocial support. Psychosocial support is the process of facilitating resilience within individuals, families and communities, where resilience refers to an individual’s or community’s capacity to recover from, adapt to and remain strong in the face of adversities that have the potential to disrupt or destroy the successful functioning or development of the person or community.

In other words, psychosocial support enables people to bounce back from the impact of critical events, and helps them to deal with such events in the future. Psychosocial support thus promotes the restoration of social cohesion and infrastructure.

Our activities

The primary task of the PS Centre is to enable and support National Societies to help them implement psychosocial support. We do that through training, information and educational material, and direct support in times of emergencies.

We work to strengthen the capacity to design, implement and monitor psychosocial support programmes to document their effect. We also aim to develop the psychosocial support component of the IFRC Heath ERU.

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Upcoming events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and in compliance with the guidelines given by the authorities, the PS Centre has suspended all on-site trainings until August 31. including this training. Applicant who have already signed up for thes courses have been contacted directly. For further inquiries, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk.

Psychological First Aid – Training of Trainers

June 9 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 5:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and in compliance with the guidelines given by the authorities, the PS Centre has suspended all on-site trainings until August 31. including this training. Applicant who have already signed up for thes courses have been contacted directly. For further inquiries, please write to psacademy@rodekors.dk.

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Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (PSSiE)

September 14 @ 8:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm

A four-day specialized course in planning, development and practical implementation of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings. This training is open to participants from all humanitarian organizations working with MHPSS and related fields. The training is followed by a stand-alone introduction training day on scalable interventions. If applying for both trainings, there [...]

The PS Centre offers a day long introduction to community mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) through scalable, low-intensity psychological interventions. Scalable MHPSS interventions are recognized as a useful and important way to deliver MHPSS in communities, particularly in contexts where access to supportive services are lacking. Scalable MHPSS interventions focus on utilizing approaches that [...]