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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.
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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.
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