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Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) 14

September 16 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm


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Course Description:

The Mental Health in Complex Emergencies Course is an intensive multidisciplinary seven-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 areas affected by complex disasters including refugee settings. The course will provide practical orientation and training to equip participants to establish and organize programs in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and strengthen adjunct applicable skills for use in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief operations, such as needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, understanding the humanitarian context, security, and self-care.

Through this course, students are exposed to both the most recent academic thought on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) as well as the experiences of field practitioners in designing and implementing MHPSS programs in complex emergencies. Students are sensitized to the non-material, social aspects of humanitarian assistance and will be able to take into account the psychosocial context when planning humanitarian assistance. This course emphasizes the well-being of the beneficiaries as considered in the 2007 ‘IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings’ as endorsed by WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, IFRC, and numerous local and international agencies working in the field of psychosocial assistance

This course is a week-long elective course for the IDOHA and IDMHA modules of the MIHA.

Learning Objectives:

After the course, students will have an increased understanding of mental health and psychosocial needs and interventions in complex emergencies. They will also have an overview of the important guidelines, key issues, and debates within the field. They will have been introduced to the key capacities required for establishing MHPSS services in the field and had a chance to critically reflect on their own role as a humanitarian actor.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the diversity of mental health and psychosocial issues in complex emergencies and the role of cultural and contextual factors influencing MHPSS problems
  • Work with the IASC guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings and use the tools in these guidelines such as the multi-layered service pyramid
  • Be familiar with appropriate training materials and curricula for use in the field, such as the mhGAP (Humanitarian) Intervention Guide, the guide for Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the range of scalable psychological interventions such as Problem Management Plus (PM+) and group Interpersonal Therapy
  • Describe the principles of assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of MHPSS problems in emergency contexts including familiarity with WHO/UNHCR MHPSS assessment tools
  • Define the various roles of mental health professionals, psychosocial professionals, and nonspecialized MHPSS workers in different emergency contexts
  • Outline the principles of establishing programs in the mental health and psychosocial domains
  • Be familiar with concrete examples of good practice in mental health and psychosocial programming
  • Critically assess the academic literature covering MHPSS interventions in complex emergencies, with a view to continued learning and professional development

About IIHA:

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University offers humanitarian training courses in various locations around the world. With the creation of a Master’s in Humanitarian Action (MIHA), the Institute offers a flexible yet academically rigorous training model for aid practitioners looking to further their knowledge and skills in the humanitarian sector.

Fee information:

For those who wish to receive academic credit, the tuition for each short course is $1,600 USD*. There is an additional student fee of $293 USD charged once per semester. Thus, the total cost for one short course would be $1,893 USD and if a second course is taken within the same semester, the cost of the second course would be $1,600 USD. For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the tuition for each short course has been reduced to $915 USD. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the program but will receive no formal academic recognition. The program cost includes the tuition and coffee breaks. It does not include accommodation, meals, or transportation costs.


September 16 @ 8:00 am
September 26 @ 5:00 pm
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