The World Health Organization launched an online orientation course that introduces participants to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergencies.
Access the course here: https://openwho.org/
Target audience: Health sector actors working in emergencies to establish, support and scale up MHPSS in countries. It will be valuable for all that are aiming to integrate MHPSS in their humanitarian work.
Duration: ~7 hours, you can take the course all at once or in several sittings
-EQUIP: Increase Quality of MHPSS Support
To ensure quality in training and supervision, WHO, in partnership with UNICEF, developed the Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support (EQUIP) platform. EQUIP guides trainers and supervisors on how to change their existing programs into competency-based approaches. A competency-based approach uses role plays and assessments of skills to ensure that helpers not only have the knowledge but also the skills needed to deliver quality support.
The pandemic of 2020 due to Covid-19 is stressing the crucial competences of sanitary staff and rescuers involved in emergency psychology interventions. To deal with the humanitarian emergency is a new community priority to face. An answer is improving a European systematic VET education within the framework of Psychological Early Intervention to strengthen accessibility and expertise in the field, which can increase the professionalism of care provided by psychologists, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. Psychological Early Intervention helps people involved in a humanitarian emergency to stimulate their coping and inner resources as well as those of their close circle. It is direct to individual, social and professional targets, helping communities going back to normal after disasters or critical events.