CORSI ALTA FORMAZIONE
PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS IN MIGRATION, EMERGENCY AND DISPLACEMENT
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 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 indispensable 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 course will combine a variety of teaching methods, including frontal lectures, role plays and simulations exercises. All classes will have a strong component of interactivity.
The course will consist of about 90 hours: sessions will be spread over 2 weeks, from Monday to Saturday for an average of 8 hours per day, in a residential fashion. The content will be divided into the following didactic modules:
- Epistemology, systems, international standards, legal framework, theories.
- Tools and standards for psychosocial consideration in basic services and security, including: IASC standards, psychological first-aid, inductions for general humanitarian workers, MHPSS considerations in Camp management and urban settings.
- Tools and standards for psychosocial considerations in family and community supports, including: IASC standards, family and systemic approaches, community messaging, community mobilization, rituals and recreation, sports interventions, social theatre, small scale conflict management.
- Tools and standards for psychosocial focused services: including counseling methods, systemic approaches, family counseling basics, arts-therapies.
- Understanding of specialized services: including protection for individuals with pre-existing disorders and the ones living in institutions, trauma and attachment, clinical responses to special needs.
At the end of the Course, only participants who have attended at least 80% of the classes and have paid the tuition fee will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Those participants willing to be awarded up to 5 academic credits will be required to take a multiple-choice exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, they will receive a Final Certificate indicating the number of credits awarded.