The 2021 course on Mental Health in Complex Emergencies is now open
Mental Health in Complex Emergencies
September 1, 2021 - December 22, 2021
Over the past several years, the IIHA has run a popular 12-day course for mental health professionals and other humanitarian program staff. We will now be offering a distance learning course covering similar materials over a 15-week semester. This is a training course for mental health professionals and program staff who wish to establish mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian emergencies such as conflict, post conflict, and disaster settings, and with refugees or internally displaced populations. This course is also open to Fordham graduate students in humanitarian studies or other relevant disciplines. It will aim to provide practical orientation and training, including how to conduct rapid assessments, designing and setting up mental health services or psychosocial programs (exploring the differences between them), and clinical work and therapeutic approaches in non-Western contexts. It will address the issues of cultural validity, conflict resolution and negotiation, taking care of oneself and dealing with burnout. This course will also introduce potential field workers to essentials such as personal security, logistics, and practical aspects of humanitarian work in the field.
This course will be taught by Dr. Marcio Gagliato, Professor Larry Hollingworth, Dr. Lynne Jones, Willem van de Put, Dr. Pieter Ventevogel and Claire Whitney as well as additional specialists.