Training on Community-based MHPSS during Emergencies and Displacement

Program Date

23 Sep 27 Sep 2024

Program Location

Bergen, Norway

Program Venue

Citybox Bergen

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 Jul 2024

Program Introduction

Community is a cornerstone of mental health. Armed conflicts, natural disasters, forced migration, and displacement are not only disruptive to individuals, but result in shared injuries to social ecology that call for collective responses. Community based MHPSS suggests that communities can well become the drivers of their own change, and thus should meaningfully be involved in recovery responses.

This training program has exclusively been developed by Risalat to help communities foster cohesion, promote recovery, and contribute to their own resilience in the aftermath of crises and disasters. The program views community based MHPSS as an integral part of humanitarian response in addressing the psychosocial effects of trauma of crisis-affected populations.

Target Audience

This program would benefit a diverse range of individuals and groups within communities who are likely to engage in providing support to affected populations. These may include:

  • Community health workers
  • Community leaders and volunteers
  • Humanitarian practitioners
  • Members of NGOs operating in crisis environments
  • Local government officials
  • Social workers and psychologists
  • Youth groups
  • Members of CSOs/CBOs

Program Objectives

This program is aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively support the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals and communities in times of crisis or adversity. Upon the successful completion of this program, its delegates are expected to:

  • Comprehend common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as the social determinants of mental health.
  • Analyze protective factors, risk factors, and common signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Develop skills for providing psychosocial support to individuals and groups affected by crises or traumatic events including active listening, empathetic communication, emotional regulation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
  • Engage with and mobilize community resources, strengths, and networks to promote mental health and psychosocial well-being.
  • Foster partnerships with local organizations, leaders, and stakeholders to develop community-driven responses to mental health challenges.
  • Understand self-care strategies and how to build personal resilience to cope with emotional challenges.

Program Contents

First Day

  • Understanding mental health and psychosocial well-being
  • The need for MHPSS in crisis and disaster contexts
  • Biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Common mental health disorders

Second Day

  • Vulnerable populations and special considerations
  • Essential skills for psychosocial support
  • Active listening
  • Empathetic communication
  • Psychological first aid
  • Strategies for providing immediate support

Third Day

  • Cultural competency for MHPSS
  • Self-care and resilience
  • Mobilizing community resources and support
  • Establishing peer support networks and community-based groups

Fourth Day

  • Identifying individuals in need of specialized support
  • Collaboration with local healthcare service providers
  • Awareness raising and advocacy for mental health
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of MHPSS interventions

Day 5 – Exposure visit

The last day of the program shall entirely be dedicated to the exposure visit in Bergen. Within the scope of this visit, program delegates shall meet with the representatives of partner humanitarian organizations and centers concerned with community based MHPSS provision. Participants shall have a broad discussion about the best practices and challenges of implementing community based MHPSS initiatives.

Program Methodology

Community-based MHPSS is a highly interactive training program. It combines proven adult learning tools and techniques. Open presentations are complemented by group assignments, case studies, role plays, scenario analysis, and panel discussions.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report