Course: Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency Displacement

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is offering a:

Course in Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency Displacement III Edition, A.Y. 2012-2013 Pisa, 4 – 16 March 2013

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: Felicity de Zulueta (King’s College in London), Nina Papadopoulos (Indep. Consultant), Leslie Snider (War Trauma Foundation), Emmanuel Streel (UN Consultant), Peter Ventevogel (TPO), Oussama Safa (ESCWA).


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.

For more information and to apply online go to:

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.


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.


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.

Contact person:

Course Project Officer: Ms Alessia Lenci


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