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Webinar: The quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action | 21 February 2014 14:30 – 16:30 (GMT+00) | Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online
February 17, 2014
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The collection, analysis and use of evidence is vital for effective humanitarian action, and a central concern of early warning, needs assessment, programme design, monitoring and evaluation. Humanitarians rely on a variety of types of evidence to say whether international assistance is required, where and in what quantities. Evidence of ‘what works’ should also inform the design of the response, and allocation of resources in future responses. Read more

Webinar: Gender-based violence in emergencies | 18 February 2014 14:00 – 16:00 (GMT+00) | Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online
February 17, 2014
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International concern over gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies has grown significantly in recent years and a number of good practice standards, guidelines, training resources and other tools have been developed. Despite this substantial increase in attention and guidance materials, very little of the evidence and learning from good practice has been adequately documented or disseminated. In addition, differing views on concepts, terminology, and programming priorities have resulted in a lack of agreement amongst humanitarian practitioners on how to define, prioritise, prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts. As today’s conflicts continue to be marked by gender-based violence, humanitarian agencies are seeking to understand how they can better prevent and respond to GBV in emergencies. Read more

NEWLY RELEASED! PFA Faciliator’s Manual for Orienting Field Workers
February 12, 2014
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The World Health Organization, War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International have just released the ‘PFA Faciliator’s Manual for Orienting Field Workers‘ and accompanying slides (in pdf format)! The facilitator’s guide contains facilitation tips, a half day and full day agenda, activities, handouts and all materials need to conduct an orientation on psychological first aid.

The manual is designed to help facilitators orient helpers to offer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. This facilitator’s manual is to be used together with the Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field Workers.

There is a group on PFA Training and Adaptation on mhpss.net where it is possible to share resources and experiences with other colleagues using these materials.

Seminar- Workshop in Family Dynamics and Counselling | Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines | May 5-17, 2014 | Deadline for Applications: April 28, 2014

Organized by: Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM)

The Center for Family Ministries is offering this intensive, two-week seminar workshop particularly for persons and agencies whose work is focused on helping families.
The seminar- workshop will make use of:
• A psycho-spiritual approach in helping couples
• Experimental process activities, both individually and in groups
• Demonstration of counseling sessions
• Role play sessions
• Lectures, readings, case studies
• Growth group process Read more

1st Mental Health MENA Conference 2014 | Amman, Jordan | 12th to the 14th of April 2014
WEBINAR: Children and Evaluation | CoE-South Asia and BetterEvaluation | 5th February, 3:00pm – 4:00pm IST
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Have you worked with children and evaluations? CoE South Asia and BetterEvaluation invite you to attend a webinar led by expert evaluators, to learn more and share your experiences about tools used for evaluations involving children, why it is important to involve children, and when it is appropriate to involve children. The speakers and facilitators have many years of experience with conducting evaluations with, for, and by children.

You can find out more and register for the webinar at http://eepurl.com/Mz_19.

Please participate and share your expertise in this area, allowing others to learn from you, and feel free to share this invitation with others in your organisation and networks.

You can also become members of the Community of Evaluators (http://commnityofevaluators.org). CoE is a platform for individuals and institutions interested in monitoring and evaluation in the South Asian region. With over 240 registered members, it facilitates knowledge exchange between parties interested in monitoring and evaluation. It also provides opportunities to hire and get hired for institutes and individuals respectively.

Please contact Aditi at [email protected] if you have any questions.

WHO Launches MiNDbank Online Platform
December 16, 2013
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WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development
A database of resources covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development

People with mental disabilities around the world face discrimination, violence and abuse in all aspects of their lives. Policies, laws and services in many countries reinforce human rights violations or fail to promote human rights. As part of its “QualityRights” initiative, WHO has launched MiNDbank on the 10th of December 2013. This new online platform brings together key international resources and national policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health, substance abuse, general health, disability, human rights and development for countries across the world. MiNDbank will facilitate debate, dialogue, advocacy and research in order to promote national reform in line with international human rights and best practice standards.

Go to www.mindbank.info for more information.

Roundtable Discussion: MHPSS Refugee Operations

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A Roundtable Discussion was held on 6 Nov 2013 in Kampala (Uganda) on the topic of “Mainstreaming MHPSS into Humanitarian Action”. The Roundtable took place during the First East Africa Regional Conference on Psychology (6-8 Nov 2013), organized by Makerere University. About 50 psychologists, teachers, mental health and social workers from East Africa and Western Europe participated. The Roundtable was a forum to share ideas and best practices in MHPSS including on: substance abuse, teenage suicide prevention, reducing stigma in MH and linking MHPSS with education, health, agriculture/nutrition and livelihoods/life skills. The Roundtable led to the establishment of the East Africa Psychology Network (EAP.net) and plans for a follow-up Workshop in Nairobi in Dec 2014. The aim of the Workshop would be to launch the EAP.net, build capacity for psycho-social training, raise awareness on MHPSS and develop skills for fund-raising/grant-writing in MHPSS. For more information, contact: [email protected].

You can access the report here.

Failure to Respond: the Challenges of Today’s Humanitarian Action in Violent Environments – 2nd Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Lecture | December 5, 2013 18:30 – 19:30 GMT
November 28, 2013
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The Overseas Development Institute- (ODI) Humanitarian Policy Group is happy to announce that Jérôme Oberreit, the Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will deliver the 2nd Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Lecture.

Mr. Oberreit will share on the topic: “Failure to respond: the challenges of today’s humanitarian action in violent environments”, which focuses on MSF’s experience of operating in Syria and the Central African Republic. Read more

Webinar! Psychosocial Support for Staff and Volunteers: 26 November 2013, 13.00-14.30 GMT
November 22, 2013
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Click here to attend the webinar now.

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.

In this webinar, Tineke van Pietersen from Antares Foundation will present on the main principles for staff support.  Despina Constandinides will discuss how to involve volunteers in programme planning and ensure voolunteer support is integrated in all programmes, drawing on her experiences of working in the Jordan and Lebanese contexts, and Winnifred Simon will use a case study from Burundi to demonstrate how to use a systematic approach to staff support in crisis interventions.

To join the event online, go to mhpss.net . The link to the webinar room will be available via the slider on the day of the webinar. Follow the instructions on screen. The webinar virtual room will be open for participants from 12.45 GMT, and hosts from mhpss.net will be on-line to welcome you.

To quickly calculate what time the webinar will be streamed in your part of the world, use this link <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html> . If you are unable to join the webinar live, a link to the recording of the webinar will later be posted on the MHPSS Network.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the presenters on the topic of psychosocial support of staff and volunteers or you would like to share own your experiences or approaches to staff support, please share these in the comments box below.

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

Tineke van Pietersen is the co-founder and co-director, Antares Foundation.  She plays a major role in the design of psycho social support and stress management programs worldwide, and is responsible for the overseas projects.  She has designed various staff support programs for international and national NGOs in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and Former Soviet Republics.

Despina Constandinides is the Psychosocial Support Consultant, Danish Red Cross, MENA.  She represents a psychosocial consortium of Danish Red Cross and Italian Red Cross working with Lebanon Red Cross and Jordan National Red Crescent to develop psychosocial support interventions in response to the Syria Crisis.

Winnifred Simon is the co-founder and co-director of Antares Foundation. She leads an international team of psychologists and psychiatrists conducting stress management workshops in the field, giving psychological support to teams and individuals after critical incidents and supporting management of NGOs in development of psychosocial systems for their staff.  Currently, she is coordinating various international working groups on research, methods and techniques, and minimum standards of psychosocial care for humanitarian staff.

Click here to learn more about the presenters.

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 will use the AdobeConnect platform for the webinar. A few words on using AdobeConnect:

-  before the webinar begins, check Connect works with your computer at https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
-  you will need the latest Flash – go to http://www.adobe.com/go/getflash
-  make sure pop-ups are enabled – go to Tools/Pop-up Blocker and then follow instructions to check pop-ups enabled.