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Training Course: Mental Health in Complex Emergencies offered by the IIHA

 Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE 11)

September 20-30, 2015 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Course Description

The Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course is an intensive multidisciplinary ten-day training course for mental health workers and humanitarian program staff who wish to gain insight and competency in establishing mental health or psychosocial programs in (post) conflict areas or in complex disaster settings. It will provide practical orientation and training to equip participants to establish and organize comprehensive programming in mental health and psychosocial support, and strengthen adjunct skills for use in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief situations. Such skills include needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, understanding the humanitarian context, security and self-care. In the last 3 days of the course students will choose between a workshop on learning clinical or on research skills relevant to a humanitarian setting. More detailed information about course structure and learning objectives is available in the course brochure and on the website.

Course Highlights

  •  Interactive and practice-driven teaching
  •  A choice of specialised workshops in the final three days
  •  Faculty combines academic excellence with extensive field experience
  •  Diverse and international group of students
  • Active alumni network

Qualifications: This is a multidisciplinary training program for participants from a variety of backgrounds. Applicants should have a background in either mental health or social work or have a relevant professional background that allows for future engagement in mental health or psychosocial program in complex emergencies. Participants must be fluent in English. Preference is given to applicants with more than two years of experience in the field. Participants are required to have a university degree.

Course location: This residential course will be held at Asham Resort hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Bishoftu in Debre Zeit, approximately one hour from Addis. All students and faculty will stay at the hotel together, allowing for more informal gatherings and sharing of experiences outside formal teaching time.

Tuition fees: For those who wish to receive academic credit, the cost is: $1750. Upon successful completion of the program participants are eligible to receive two academic credits from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Course Directors. For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the cost of tuition has been reduced to $1350 Dollars. These participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 33 W. 60th St., Suite 804 | New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha | [email protected] | +1 212-636-6294

Accommodation: Accommodation including all meals has been reserved at the hotel: $1050 for 10 days.

Specialist workshop fee for previous MHCE alumni: People who have done the MHCE basic course in the past can apply separately for the 3-day workshops on (28-30 Sept): $1000 for accommodation and tuition

Scholarships: The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), partner organization of the IIHA, offers a limited number of scholarships for tuition fees. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and be currently working within the humanitarian field.

Applications: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in attending this program, please contact the International Programs Coordinator, Alexandra DeBlock at [email protected] for further instructions.

Deadlines: Once an application has been submitted and accepted, the full course fee covering both accommodation and tuition of $2400 (or $2800 if wishing for academic credit) should be paid to Fordham as soon as possible. Accommodation reservations cannot be held after the August 20, 2015. Any applicants accepted after that date will have to apply directly to the hotel for accommodation.

About the organizers:

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, offer rigorous academic and training courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, host symposia, and publish books relating to humanitarian affairs. Recognizing the need for a universally accepted basic standard of training for all humanitarian workers, the IIHA holds numerous training courses to accommodate the needs and schedules of humanitarian aid workers around the world.

The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) was founded in 1992 to promote healing and peace in countries shattered by war, regional conflicts and ethnic violence.

HealthNet TPO is a Dutch aid agency that works on health and well-being in areas disrupted by war or disasters. By working together with local communities we use ‘health’ as a means to bring people together and to restore mutual trust.

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs in over 30 countries. Mental health and psychosocial support services and activities are a cornerstone of our integrated and comprehensive programming.

Website: www.internationalmedicalcorps.org and https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/programs/mental-health


UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency, mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. In 2013 UNHCR published the ‘Operational Guidance for MHPSS Programming in Refugee Operations’ that formally recognizes the importance of MHPSS as an integral part of its mandate.

Project Management & Basic Risk Training | Bangkok, Thailand | April 28- May 2, 2014

Sometimes we do have the feeling that Program Manager do not understand Safety/security issues and sometimes we do have the feeling that security people do not understand the difficulties of program management. Now the Human Development Foundation Forum created a course for both groups to enhance mutual understanding inside an organization. Scenario based this training provides both, the program implementer and the security personnel with insights into the field of the “other side” and also gives proposal writers an edge to fill out the “pre-conditions” and “mitigation of risks” in their proposal.

The Human Development Forum Foundation, a Thailand  non- government organization is organizing a seminar on “Project Management and Basic Risk Training on April 28-May 2, 2014 to be held at the Imperial Queen’s Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

The seminar will discuss the following topics:

Project / Proposal Design
Are you familiar with the basics of project design? Can you create clear tasks with its responsibilities and goals? In this course, you will understand how to plan and design a project under time limitations and limited resources. You will comprehend objectives and the underlying factors of project plan using the Problem/Objective Tree as an analytical tool.

The LogFrame is another analytical tool that will help you to understand the organization of a project and its substructures by narrowing your project into individual tasks. It is key to designing, implementing, and monitoring your project. It will also assist in risk analysis.

Budgeting and Monitor & Evaluation
Do you have a difficult time with budgeting? This course will introduce a comprehensive method for incomes, expenses, salaries, assets, and costs. In a team exercise, you will learn to develop a budget based on objectives, activities, and resources.

Project Risk Management
All projects have conditions such as time limits, budget allocations, and other specifications. You will understand the complexity of certain projects, and learn to best utilize the duration of your project. You may be confronted with insufficient resources or internal problems in the office or with partner organizations. This course will help you analyze the risk of your project and judge its success, and pinpoint the biggest threats to its efficiency.


Early Bird Discount – 24, 000 THB // 800 USD until March 31
Regular Price – 26,000 THB // 870 USD

For more information, please contact Ms. Stefanie Field ([email protected]).

Child Protection Learning Session Series | Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) | March 2014
February 20, 2014

The Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA), wish to invite your staff to our Child Protection Learning Session Series to be conducted at CPTCSA Learning Institute Hall, Quezon City, Philippines. Below are the schedules of the Child Protection Learning Sessions:

March 11,12,13- Empowering Parents and Communities in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: This is an advocacy training on prevention of child sexual abuse for the participants to acquire knowledge on the context of child sexual abuse and understand the dynamics of the offender. This training aims on providing the participant enough skills in handling disclosures of child sexual abuse victim and reporting flow. This training is open to barangay officials, community leaders, community organizers, social workers and those working in the field of child protection. Read more

Psychosocial Interventions in Migration, Displacement & Emergency (2 curricula) – Training course, Pisa, Italy 12 – 24 May 2014
January 17, 2014

With its 4th edition the course – which is annually offered by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, and the IOM – intends to respond to the need for specialized knowledge and specific psychosocial support and mental health care in emergency settings as well as in other migration situations. To this effect it offers 2 distinct curricula: “Psychosocial support in Emergency” and “Psychosocial support in Migration”. For further information, visit www.itpcm.dirpolis.sssup.it/psycho2014 or see the Brochure. Read more

Migration & Asylum e-learning courses (January-July 2014) | HREA
January 7, 2014
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Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) will offer five e-learning courses on migration and asylum during the first two terms of 2014 (February-April and May-July):

- Forced Migration
- Labour Migration in a Globalised World: Obtaining Rights, Development and Governance
- Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum
- EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies
- Human Trafficking and Smuggling Read more

Child Protection Learning Sessions for January and February 2014 | CPTCSA, Philippines
December 17, 2013
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The Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA), wish to invite your staff to our Child Protection Learning Session series to be conducted at CPTCSA Learning Institute Hall,122-C Matahimik St. UP Village Diliman Quezon City, Philippines. Below are the schedules of the Child Protection Learning Sessions: Read more

10th Post Graduate Course on Psychotherapy Dialogues: Fundamentals and Issues | Grand Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila | December 13, 2013
December 3, 2013

In line with the celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the department, the Philippine General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine wish to invite you and your staff to the 10th Postgraduate Course entitled, “PSYCHOTHERAPY DIALOGUES: Fundamentals and Issues.” This will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Pedro Gil Street, Manila on December 13, 2013. This is the first of a 5-year series of courses dedicated to the study of psychotherapy. Read more

MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies | Oxford Dpt of International Development
November 19, 2013

The RSC’s interdisciplinary ten-month master’s degree offers an intellectually demanding route to understanding forced migration in contexts of conflict, repression, natural disasters, environmental change and development policymaking. The degree places forced migration in an historical, global and human perspective, and encourages informed reflection on international and national responses to both cross-border and internal displacement.

Application deadlines for 2014 entry

First deadline: 22 November 2013
Second deadline: 11 January 2014
Third deadline: 11 March 2014

Applicants to earlier deadlines will often receive earlier decision outcomes, and we would therefore recommend applying by the earliest possible deadline.

Find out more: http://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/study/courses/mscms

Winter Short Courses January 12 – February 6, 2014 | Center For Migration and Refugee Studies (see details under each course for the closing dates)
November 15, 2013

The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following four short courses during the month of
January and February 2014:

1. Demographic Methods for Measuring International Migration (January 12 – 16 , 2014)

2. Immigration Detention: Challenges of a Growing Trend (January 19 – 23, 2014)

3. Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context (January 26 – 30, 2014):

4. International Refugee Law (February 2 – 6 , 2014) Read more

Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance | IFRC | Closing Date: 17th November 2013
November 8, 2013
IFCR staff in Oswhal center next to Westgate mall.

A pilot distance learning project to research how humanitarian workers learn and improve

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) invites you to join an online course, open to all humanitarian staff and volunteers who have deployed in at least one emergency operation.

Delegates returning from the field often share lessons learned, whether informally or in formal reports. The course will offer a unique opportunity for humanitarian workers from all over the world to share their stories, experiences and insights.

How do you get better at doing your job? In the humanitarian sector, much learning that matters is informal, grounded in experience, and leveraged through professional networks. How did you fill the gap left by your formal training to get the job done? In this course, participants will work together to gain understanding of how they improve and grow, in order to do more and do better for affected people.

This course is part of an IFRC research project set up by the Geneva Secretariat with support from American Red Cross, with a specific focus on capturing learning and preparation for FACT and ERU delegates. The project is supported by the University of Illinois Scholar team.

Who should enroll
Humanitarian staff and volunteers with at least one emergency operation experience, from the Red Cross Red Crescent or another humanitarian organization.

Added value of this course
Discover how others learn and adapt when ‘stretched’ by challenging roles and tasks, and
Contribute to the IFRC’s ability to learn from key humanitarian personnel and use this learning to improve IFRC’s global surge and capacity building efforts
What you will get to do in this course

In this course, you will:
write a brief case study sharing your experiences and insights from an emergency operation;
work with others to analyze how you developed your knowledge, skills and competencies; and
reflect on and discuss the experiences of your peers

Enrollment deadline: 17 November 2013
Register online by 17 November 2013 via this link: http://bit.ly/fact-eru
Registration deadline
After registration, you will receive an e-mail to confirm your enrollment. This e-mail contains important information. Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and ensure that the message is whitelisted (in both your personal account and by your National Society), as it contains important information and additional e-mails will provide further instructions to participate. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please write toreda.sadki_AT_ifrc.org (replace _AT_ with @ to send an e-mail).

Click here for the brochure.