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Course in Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency Displacement | 4th-16th March 2013 – Pisa, Italy
October 30, 2012
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PS Course - Pisa Italy

The Course – which is at its third edition – is jointly organized by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It aims at providing a framework of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support. The course addresses the needs of psychologists, social workers, educators-teachers, medical doctors and psychiatrists, nurses, artists, humanitarian workers, emergency experts, development workers and similar.

Key facts:
Location: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s campus, Pisa, Italy
Length: 12 days, Monday-Saturday, full time
Working language: English
Scientific Board: Prof. Andrea de Guttry (Scuola Sant’Anna), Prof. Guglielmo Schininà (IOM Geneva), and Prof. Renos K. Papadopoulos (University of Essex)
Faculty includes renowned experts such as: Felicity de Zulueta (King’s College in London), Nina Papadopoulos (Consultant), Leslie Snider (War Trauma Foundation), Emmanuel Streel (UN Consultant), Peter Ventevogel (TPO), Oussama Safa (ESCWA).

Participants:
The maximum number of participants is set at 30.
10 places are reserved to qualified IOM professionals/consultants that will be identified directly by IOM.
20 places will be assigned by the Scuola to qualified candidates following a public selection process.

TO APPLY ONLINE GO TO: < http://www.sssup.it/domandeSssup/iscrivi.html?idconc=679648&idoff=679193&lang=en >

Application deadlines: First Round – 7 January 2013 | Second Round – 4 February 2013
Applicants not having EU citizenship are strongly encouraged to apply for admission in the First Round, in order to have enough time to obtain their visa for Italy.

Description
The focus of the Course is on providing a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support. The rationale of the course follows two paradigms: the intervention pyramid for MHPSS supports in emergency, and the psychosocial approach model which looks at the interconnectedness of the social, psychological and cultural anthropological aspects in responses, trying to identify best models and tools to look at this interconnection through the different level of the intervention pyramid.

The Course will enable participants to acknowledge the complexity of MHPSS Interventions in crisis situations, conceptualize holistic responses, understand the interrelation of the different sectorial responses and gain advanced specific knowledge in each sector of intervention. More in particular, it aims to acquaint participants with knowledge and skills in: Mental health and psychosocial paradigms in displacement: psychological, social, cultural and anthropological perspectives; International standards in MHPSS in Emergencies; How to foster a non-harmful humanitarian assistance in camp set up and coordination, health, food and non food items distribution; Principles of psychological first aid and psychological counselling; Care for the most vulnerables and referral; Medical/non medical responses; Small scale conflict management and transitional justice; Participatory needs assessment; Creative and art based interventions; Emergency psychosocial project cycle.

Target group
The course addresses the needs of psychologists, social workers, educators-teachers, medical doctors and psychiatrists, nurses, applied artists (e.g. dance therapists), humanitarian workers, emergency experts, development workers or similar, who meet the following minimum requirements:

Have at least a 3 years University degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines.
Have at least 2 years of work experience in a related field.
Have a proficient working knowledge of English.

Knowledge of any other language and/or any further relevant training, voluntary or professional experience would be an asset. Relevant publications are also an advantage.

Methodology
The Course has a practical orientation and relies heavily on case studies to enhance participants’ skills and abilities to effectively provide psychosocial support. Practical exercises will include advanced role-playing and simulations. The participants’ and trainers’ field experience will be captured within sessions especially dedicated to knowledge and lessons learned sharing.

Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is 1.650 EUR, due upon acceptance of admission by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. It includes: participation in all lessons, reference material, tutorship, lunch/dinner at the canteen of the Scuola Sant’Anna for the entire length of the course, access to the library of the Scuola, and free access to the wireless connection within the Scuola premises. Accommodation is facilitated by the Scuola Sant’Anna but covered by the participants. Any other expenses – such as travel and visa costs – are to be covered by the participants.

Depending on financial availabilities, a limited number of scholarships may be offered, towards meeting the tuition fee, or travelling or living expenses.

Contact person
Course Project Officer: Ms Alessia Lenci
E-mail: [email protected]
web: http://www.sssup.it/context.jsp?ID_LINK=11297&area=46

Click here for the Brochure_Psychosocial course_2013


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