Topic: How can ASEAN Community be more disaster Resilient?
Organized by: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Deadline: October 3, 2014
Write a compelling letter to ASEAN Secretary-General and you may receive his reply! If you are under 12 years old or between 13 and 18 years old, you have a chance to receive a response letter from ASEAN SG and certificate of award by submitting your letter to “ASEAN Letter Writing Competition” with the topic “How can the ASEAN Community be more disaster resilient”. Start writing now as the deadline for submission is 3 October 2014.
Category 1: Children under 12 years old
Category 2: Young adolescents from 13-18 years old
Entries must include:
- Letter to Secretary General of ASEAN
The letter should contain more or less 350 words. It must explain your motivation to write the letter, insightful aspirations and thought- provoking elements that have valuable inputs to enhance community resilient community disaster resilience. Letters must be original and passion driven.
- Copy of ID card or student card
Send your entries to: [email protected]
One winner for each category will be selected from each ASEAN Member state.
Winning letters will be published regionally, and the winners will receive:
- Response letter from the Secretary General of ASEAN
- Certificate of Award
The 2007 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support(MHPSS) are currently being reviewed by the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS. This initiative is supported by UNICEF and will include a survey, a desk review, programme analysis, case studies and in-depth interviews with key actors in the sector. This is an opportunity for agencies to provide feedback on their experience with the guidelines. We anticipate that the review will promote broader use of the Guidelines, highlight it’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify gaps. Read more
Intervention, Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas has been published since 2003. We think it’s time to evaluate the impact of Intervention. Please dedicate 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey and share your feedback on Intervention with us.
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The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children is developing a web tool for children to provide a platform for children to share and access resources for/by children about ending and preventing violence (a sort of ‘clearinghouse’ of resources). An online survey for children has been developed to help gain a better understanding of how children currently use and access resources and what kind of online tool could be most useful to them. The survey is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish (links provided below) and should take 15-20 minutes to complete. PDF versions of the survey are also available in case this is easier for children to fill out. (please return to [email protected]). Read more
Emilia, based in the UK, is the new Regional Host for Refugee Integration and Settlement. Emilia has more than 6 years of research experience looking at complexities of integration and migrants’ settlement processes from a multidisciplinary and policy-focussed perspective. Contact Emilia at [email protected] for support in getting the most out of this network in relation to Refugee Integration and Settlement in Europe.
Traumatic stress in injured children and their families is seen as an area of importance in emergency care. Doctors and nurses in several countries have indicated a need to learn more about the topic. An international team of health and mental health professionals now aims to develop free, tailored training materials for Emergency Department (ED) staff. To do this well, they are conducting a survey to understand training needs and wishes. Read more
Tineke van Pietersom is founder and Executive Director of the Antares Foundation. She obtained a Masters in Health Management, Planning and Policy and has a background in law and education. She has held management positions within international NGOs, such as MSF-Holland for more than a decade, working in the field and in headquarters as project manager and operational director. She has set up management trainings for field directors and was responsible for coaching field managers. She worked as an independent consultant, in the field of management and humanitarian aid, carrying out assessments and project evaluations.
Since 1999 she is full time involved in the Antares Foundation. She is responsible for operational management and organizational development. She plays a major role in the design of psycho social support and stress management programs worldwide, and is responsible for the overseas projects. In addition, she frequently conducts field assessments, monitoring missions, project and training evaluations and management trainings for international and national NGOs. 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, Red Cross Red Crescent, MENA. She represents a psychosocial consortium of Danish Red Cross and Italian Red Cross working with Lebanon Red Cross and Jordan and Iraqi Red Crescent. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in Ball State University. She has experience in working with displaced and traumatised populations living in the occupied Palestinian State, refugees from Iraq and Syria. Her work involves training and supervision of staff and volunteers in the MENA region as well as supporting the Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies to develop psychosocial support interventions in response to the Syria crisis.
Winnifred Simon is Director of the Antares Foundation. Her educational background includes studies in Linguistics and Philosophy as well as Semantics, Socio Linguistics and Psycho Linguistics, followed by Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She received extensive additional postgraduate training in Psychotherapy and Counseling Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Within the Antares Foundation she is responsible for research and development of the psychosocial support programs. 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. She is responsible for the organization of major conferences on Stress and the Humanitarian Aid Workers, held in Amsterdam in cooperation with CDC. Currently, Dr. Simon is coordinating various international working groups on research, methods and techniques, and minimum standards of psychosocial care for humanitarian staff.
Dr. Simon has extensive working experience within humanitarian organizations, both in the field and at headquarters level. Within MSF-Holland she was responsible for the development and management of the psychosocial care and trauma prevention unit for ten years. During these years she was responsible and actively involved in crisis intervention in field situations, teaching and training field managers in stress management support after major evacuations and during ongoing stressful situations. She has conducted numerous consultancies for Antares on mental health programs and implemented staff support programs all over the world.
Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing clinical services that are both culturally and contextually appropriate. Clinicians will come away from the book with a solid understanding of new roles that health and mental health professionals play in disasters—roles that encourage them to recognize and enhance the resilience and coping skills in families, organizations, and the community at large. Read more
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This operational guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) provides a practical orientation and tools for UNHCR country operations. It covers specific points of good practice to consider when developing MHPSS programming and offers advice on priority issues and practical difficulties, while also providing some background information and definitions. Since MHPSS is a cross cutting concept this operational guidance is relevant for programming in various sectors, including health, community-based protection, education, shelter, nutrition, food security and livelihoods.
The focus of this operational guidance is on refugees and asylum seekers, but it may apply to other persons of concern within UNHCR operations such as stateless persons, internally displaced persons and returnees.
The guidance is meant for operations in both camp and non-camp settings, and in both rural and urban settings in low and middle-income countries with a UNHCR presence. The guidance should be adapted according to different contexts. A standardized format for programme implementation cannot be offered because this depends to a large extent on existing national capacities and local opportunities.