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Training Course: Mental Health in Complex Emergencies 2012 | September 30 – October 6 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

The 2012 Mental Health in Complex Emergencies course is a collaborative course organized by the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University (New York), HealthNet TPO and potentially other NGO partners. This certificate course in is a 7-day training course for mental health professionals and program staff who wish to establish mental health or psychosocial programs in complex emergencies and humanitarian settings.


Course Directors & Faculty

 Peter Ventevogel, MD,
o Editor in Chief of Intervention, ‘the International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict,’ War Trauma Foundation, the Netherlands
o Mental health adviser, HealthNet TPO
 Brendan Cahill
o Executive Director, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University
 Willem van de Put,
o External Director, HealthNet TPO
 Wietse Tol, PhD
o Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
o Senior advisor with HealthNet TPO
 Larry Hollingworth
o Humanitarian Programs Director for the Center for International Health and Cooperation (CIHC)
o Visiting Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs of Fordham University in New York
 Lynne Jones, OBE MRCPsych., PhD,
o François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health Guest faculty

The curriculum will be based on earlier successful courses in Nairobi, New York, Geneva, Kampala and London. The course aims to provide a practical orientation and training, to equip mental health professionals to establish and organize programs in the mental health and psychosocial domains and strengthen adjunct applicable skills for use in complex humanitarian emergency and relief situations, including conflict, post conflict and disaster settings.

Who should apply:
Applicants should have a background in either mental health or social work OR a relevant professional background that allows for future engagement in mental health or psychosocial programs in complex emergencies OR previous experience in humanitarian settings, ideally in mental health or psychosocial programs.

Academic Credits
Participants are eligible to receive two graduate level academic credits from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University upon completion of the program. These credits are transferable to the Masters of Arts in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) at Fordham University and may be accepted by other academic institutions. In order to receive academic credit, participants must submit copies of their undergraduate transcripts, as well as a research paper after the course has ended that is in accordance with the guidelines distributed at the beginning of the program.

Course location:
The course will be held in: the Ecumenical Institute, Chateau de Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland.
September 30 – October 6 2012

More information:

Laura Risimini
International Programs Coordinator
Institute of International Humanitarian Cooperation
33 West 60th St. Suite 804
New York, NY 10023
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cihc.org
Tel: +1 212 636 7646
Fax: +1 212 636 7060

Click here for the brochure on the training.

  1. I would like to be part of this course

  2. I participated in this course in 2010. It was very rewarding and well designed.


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