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Webinar Recording and Discussion Forum on Psychosocial Support for Staff and Volunteers!
November 26, 2013

Press the ‘Read More’ button to access the recording and join the discussion forum.

Click here to access the webinar recording.

If you would like to share your experiences or approaches to staff and volunteer support or have any questions, please share these in the comments box below.

This webinar focuses on provision of psychosocial support to staff and volunteers in emergency settings and humanitarian interventions.  Ensuring the well-being of staff and volunteers is crucial to providing quality and effective services in crisis situations.  Yet, this aspect has not always received the attention it deserves. it is presented by Tineke van Pietersen and Winnifred Simon from Antares Foundation, and by Despina Constandinides, Danish Red Cross, MENA.


Click here to learn more about the presenters.

This webinar series and discussion forum is presented by the IASC MHPSS Reference Group and mhpss.net with support from UNICEF.

For access to more resources on this topic and to meet others with the same interest, become a member on mhpss.net and join the ‘Psychosocial Support of Staff’ group here.

We hope you will enjoy participating and will find this a stimulating discussion!

How to participate:

Joining the forum:

  • Introduce yourself in your first post in the ‘Leave a Reply’ textbox below and type in your comment.
  • Once you are registered, your introduction and post will appear as a comment. This may take some time. Subsequent posts are immediately visible.

Posting comments:

  • You can add a comment by typing your comment in the ‘Leave a Reply’ text box and clicking on ‘Post Comment’.
  • You can edit or delete your comments later as well.
  • You can respond to a comment by clicking on the ‘Reply‘ button below each comment.  This will create a short comment thread therefore to continue the conversation, you will need to post a new comment, if you wish.

Flagging inappropriate comments:

  • The forum is moderated, and inappropriate comments will be removed. If you see an inappropriate comment, please report it by clicking on ‘flag’ next to ‘comment‘.

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Looking forward to a lively exchange of experience and ideas!

Webinar Recording Available Now! Professor Lorraine Sherr on Mind Matters: HIV and Mental Health in Adults and Children
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Sharing Research and Knowledge Series

Click here to access the recording.

. If you would like more information, please contact Lucy Hillier, Regional Host, on [email protected]

In this webinar from 18th July, Professor Sherr explores emerging knowledge about cognitive issues in HIV and the implications on development for children infected and affected by HIV. She focuses on mental health, burden and positive adaptation in the face of HIV infection and AIDS. The talk reviews the state of the art knowledge on depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicidal behaviours and growth in relation to mental health, as well as positive mental health such as coping adaptation and resilience. The overview will cover adults and children.

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts and experiences, please share them via the ‘Leave a Reply’ box. Your questions will be collated and presented to Prof. Sherr who will respond to them towards the end of July.

The event was jointly organised by mhpss.net and University College London.


Discussion Forum on mhpss.net! How can we measure psychosocial wellbeing in emergencies?

Our panel of experts will be online on mhpss.net throughout the month of June to answer your questions about evaluation! The panel includes the co-author of the Inter-agency Guide to Evaluation of Psychosocial Programmes in Humanitarian Crises, Dr Alastair Ager. The forum can be accessed via the full text of this slider.

Click here to access the forum.

This forum gives you the ideal space to ask imperative questions such as:

• When should we start evaluating our psychosocial programme in an emergency context?
• What are the key areas of psychosocial wellbeing we should measure?
• What are useful indicators for assessing the outcomes of our psychosocial programming?

Share these and other concerns and challenges of evaluating psychosocial work and get answers from experienced practitioners and researchers. If you would like to learn more about the issues and challenges surrounding evaluation of psychosocial programming in humanitarian crises, find out others’ experiences, share your own experiences conducting evaluations in this field, or raise further questions about evaluations, then this forum for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

This discussion forum follows the webinar on this same topic held in December 2012 and is jointly organised by mhpss.net, UNICEF and the MHPSS Reference Group. Click here to access the recording of the webinar, in which Dr Ager introduces the Inter-agency Guide to Evaluation of Psychosocial Programmes in Humanitarian Crises. This is an evaluation tool developed in 2011 by UNICEF in partnership with Columbia University which is intended to assist organisations working in the field of MHPSS to plan and implement evaluations of their psychosocial programmes. The Guide was reviewed and discussed at the annual meeting of the MHPSS Reference Group in Amsterdam in September 2012 and its wider dissemination was recommended. It has been endorsed by 15 leading humanitarian organisations.

Agencies who have endorsed the evaluation guide are Action Contre la Faim, CARE Austria, Child Fund International, Health Net TPO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, Medicos do Mundo, REPSSI, Save the Children, Terres des Hommes, UNICEF, War Child Holland, War Trauma Foundation, and World Vision International.

Chief of Party (COP) – Save the Children UK

Developing and Strengthening Services and Systems that Support Family Cohesion and Respond to the Separation of Children in the DRC Program

Position Title: Chief of Party (COP)
Location: Kinshasa, DRC
Reports to: Country Director Read more

Senior Advisor, Child Protection – Save the Children UK

Developing and Strengthening Services and Systems that Support Family Cohesion and Respond to the Separation of Children in the DRC Program

Position Title: Senior Advisor, Child Protection

Location: Kinshasa, DRC

Reports to: Chief of Party Read more