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Summer School Psychosocial Interventions in Migration, Emergency and Displacement

Focus area: 
Human rights, conflict management and development cooperation
Sede centrale - Aula Magna storica
Application deadline: 
from 11.07.2016 to 23.07.2016
ECTS Credits: 
Training hours: 
Classroom hours: 
Maximum Number of Participants: 
a minimum of 22 trainees. 10 places out of 30 are reserved to qualified IOM professionals/consultants
Tuition fee: 



The Course is open to psychologists, social workers, educators-teachers, medical doctors and psychiatrists, nurses, applied artists, humanitarian workers, emergency experts, development workers or similar, who meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have at least a 3 years University degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines, issued by a University institution or equivalent.
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience in a related field.
  • Have a proficient working knowledge of English.

The application deadline for the first round is set on 29th April 2016, and for the second round is 30th May 2016

Reserved area

The psychosocial approach responds to the threats brought by disruptive events, or predicaments of life to the notion of individual, group and collective identity. For this reason said approach proves especially useful in situations where individual, group and community identity and roles are questioned, challenged, annihilated, in need for reconstruction-readjustment, as is the case of migration and displacement forced by wars, disasters, collective socioeconomic vulnerabilities, and return. That is why psychosocial activities have become an indispensible component of humanitarian responses to emergency displacement.

Yet, a non-harmonized approach to and understanding of psychosocial support tend to characterize those interventions.

The focus of the Course is on providing a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support.


The sessions are spread over two weeks, from Monday to Saturday and require participants’ full time commitment.

The content is divided into 5 modules:

  • Epistemology, systems, international standards, legal framework, theories;
  • Tools & standards for psychosocial considerations in basic services and security;
  • Tools & standards for psychosocial considerations in family and community supports;
  • Tools & standards for psychosocial focused services;
  • Understanding of specialized services.

The Course will provide participants with knowledge and skills in:

  • Mental health and psychosocial paradigms in displacement: psychological, social, cultural and
  • anthropological perspectives;
  • International standards in MHPSS in emergencies;
  • How to foster a non-harmful humanitarian assistance in camp set up and coordination, health,
  • food and non food items distribution;
  • Principles of psychological frst aid and psychological counsellinge;
  • Care for the most vulnerables and referralf;
  • Medical/non medical responses;
  • Small scale confict management and transitional justice;
  • Participatory needs assessment;
  • Creative and art based interventions;
  • Emergency psychosocial project cycle.

At the end of the Course those participants who have attended at least 80% of the classes will receive
a Certificate of Attendance. Those participants who wish to obtain a maximum of 5 academic credits
are expected to take a multiple choice test related to the modules of the course.

Pasqualetta Campus
Tel:  +39050882685
Fax:  +39050882665


Brochure Psychosocial
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Summer School Call
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