Workshop on MHPSS during armed conflicts, crises, and humanitarian emergencies

Program Date

7 Oct 11 Oct 2024

Program Location

Frankfurt, Germany

Program Venue

IBIS Frankfurt Centrum

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 Aug 2024

Program Introduction

People in armed conflicts and other complex emergencies are forced to cope with a variety of distressing experiences. What we tend to observe first are the physical needs. However, the emotional, social, and mental conditions of those exposed to crises are frequently underestimated or even neglected. Left untreated, hidden mental wounds can take an immense toll on the victims of emergencies with long-lasting impacts.

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programs are crucial activities in the humanitarian response while being some of the least expensive too. These programs can generate a priceless positive impact, especially as a part of an early response. MHPSS saves lives and lays the foundation for healthy communities.

Workshop on MHPSS during armed conflicts, crises, and humanitarian emergencies in Frankfurt has been specifically designed for those organizations that are working in humanitarian emergencies and conflicts and are willing to integrate MHPSS into their programming. The content of the workshop has been structured in a way to maximize organizational capacity, form and deepen the understanding of MHPSS among the humanitarian personnel and develop essential skills needed for MHPSS interventions.

Target Audience

This program is the best suited for:

  • MHPSS focal points in humanitarian organizations and specialized NGOs
  • Humanitarian Health Sector Staff
  • Professionals involved in project and program activity design
  • Members of Health Ministries
  • Members of International Humanitarian Agencies and INGOs
  • Those responsible for integrating MHPSS into humanitarian programming

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, its attendees will be able to:

  • Comprehend key issues related to MHPSS interventions during armed conflicts and other complex emergencies
  • Analyze MHPSS needs during emergencies
  • Match evidence-based mental health interventions with identified needs in humanitarian settings
  • Understand common mental health problems and effective interventions in humanitarian settings
  • Advocate for needs of mental health and psychosocial support activities and programs
  • Engage and collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the communities
  • Build on existing resources and best practices to promote mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of crisis victims

Program Contents

First Day – The Foundations

  • Understanding Crisis, Its consequences, and impacts
  • Introduction to Psychological First Aid
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
  • MHPSS core principles
  • Medical and Healthcare Ethics
  • Community participation and cultural awareness
  • MHPSS Framework

Second Day – MHPSS in different settings

  • MHPSS During Armed Conflicts
    • Missing Persons and their families
    • Wounded and Hospitalized Patients
    • Victims of Violence
    • Ethical Aspects
    • Protection Aspects
    • Gender Aspects
    • Cultural Aspects
  • MHPSS During Terrorist Attacks
  • Immediate and Ongoing MHPSS responses

Third Day – Mental Health 

  • Mental health as a general concept; Mental Disorders
  • Primary Counselling
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systemic Counselling
  • Self-Care

Fourth Day – Psychosocial Support 

  • Psychological First Aid
  • Working with Women and Girls at risk of GBV
  • Working with Men
  • Working with Children and Parents
  • Supporting Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Self-Care

Fifth Day – Special Aspects for Target Groups

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Women and Girls
  • Elderly
  • Refugees
  • Disabled Persons and Persons with Special Needs
  • Helpers
  • Volunteers
  • Assessing MHPSS needs for different crisis settings and target groups

Program Methodology

Workshop on MHPSS during armed conflicts, crises, and humanitarian emergencies in Germany has been designed alongside proven adult-learning techniques and principles. Each session shall be highly interactive focusing on problem-solving skills with practical exercises, group work, role plays, imitated scenarios, and case studies.

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