Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Principles and Interventions (WHO, 2012). This is a summary of the report from a meeting on Responding to the psychosocial and mental health needs of sexual violence survivors in conflict-affected settings, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on behalf of United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UNAction), on 28–30 November 2011 in Ferney-Voltaire, France. Available in English.
GBV Emergency Response & Preparedness: Participant Handbook (IRC, 2012).
Communication Skills in Working with Survivors of Gender-based Violence, (Ward, J./Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium, 2004a). The GBV Communication Skills Manual curriculum represents a collaboration between Family Health International (FHI), the RHRC Consortium, and the IRC. The manual includes a training outline, a list of materials needed, an in-depth training curriculum, and all transparencies, handouts, and activity sheets necessary to conduct a training. The training is designed so that all the materials used can be shared with participants at the end of the workshop, which will allow for subsequent trainings on topics relevant to their context. Available in English.
IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), 2007). The Guidelines include a matrix, with guidance for emergency planning, actions to be taken in the early stages of an emergency and comprehensive responses needed in the recovery and rehabilitation phases. The matrix is a valuable tool for use in coordination, collaboration and advocacy efforts. It provides a framework for mapping the extent to which essential first responses are being implemented during an emergency. The Guidelines include a companion CD-ROM, which contains the full Guidelines and also resource documents in electronic format. Specific action sheets offer useful guidance on mental health and psychosocial support, and cover the following areas: Coordination, Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation, Protection and Human Rights Standards, Human Resources, Community Mobilisation and Support, Health Services, Education, Dissemination of Information, Food Security and Nutrition, Shelter and Site Planning and Water and Sanitation. Available in Arabic,English, French, Nepali, Spanish.
Caring for Survivors Training Pack (UNICEF, 2010). The ‘Caring for Survivors’ training provides information and skills development in basic communication and engagement with sexual violence survivors in conflict-affected countries or complex emergencies. Available in English.
Psychosocial counseling and social work with clients and their families in the Somali Context: A Facilitator’s Guide (UNHCR and GRT, 2009). The handbook is designed to be used as training support handbook for helping professionals in the Somali context. The focus is on psychosocial needs for the rehabilitation of persons with trauma, mental health related forms of distress and those who have experienced gender based violence and gender related abuses. The guidelines, developed within a UNHCR funded programme in Somalia, are intended to assist staffs, who are concerned with providing protection and assistance to refugees and IDP. Available in English.
Psychosocial Care for Women in Shelter Homes (UNODC, 2011). UNODC in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India implemented a victim support project to address the psycho-social needs of women in shelter care homes in selected states of India. In this context, UNODC in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore developed this manual for care givers of shelter homes. Available in English.
Violence against Women in War: Handbook for Professionals Working with Traumatized Women (Mabuse, Verlag: Suchergebnisse/Medica Mondiale, 2005). This handbook, compiled by medica mondiale, represents the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of the subject of "war-related sexualised violence and trauma". The articles in it describe various working approaches which have proved valuable in working with traumatised women in areas of political crisis as well as with women refugees in countries of exile. Available for purchase.
IASC Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. 2012. Who is Where, When, doing What (4Ws) in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: Manual with Activity Codes (field test-version). Geneva. This manual outlines the 4Ws with regard to mental health and psychosocial support for humanitarian actors with MHPSS coordinating responsibilities. The tool exists in two parts: a 4Ws data collection spreadsheets application (in excel online) and this manual which describes how to collect the data.
Counseling Guidelines on Domestic Violence (2001) Southern African AIDS Training Programme, Harare, Zimbabwe. This guide, developed by CIDA and the Southern Africa AIDS Training Programme is for professional and volunteer counselors and other service providers with limited counselling experience in the context of HIV. Part of a series of counselling booklets, the guidelines are based on the experience of domestic violence counsellors from Southern Africa. The guidelines cover issues including: an overview of domestic violence, its link with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, the nature of effective counselling generally, counselling domestic violence survivors, and survivors living with AIDS, as well as a summary of the opportunities and consequences for action against domestic violence. Available in English.
The Power to Change: How to set up and run support groups for victims and survivors of domestic violence (Daphne Project 2008) (with a Portuguese translation). This manual outlines some of the practical and organisational considerations required to set up support groups for survivors of domestic violence in a way that enhances their safety and self-esteem. Available in English.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network The MHPSS Network is a growing global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of adversity.
Mollica, R., Lopes Cardozo, B., Osofsky, H., Raphael, B., Ager, A. & Salama, P. 2004. Mental health in complex emergencies. Lancet, 364: 2058–67.
The Psychosocial Working Group. 2003. Psychosocial Intervention in Complex Emergencies: A Conceptual Framework. Available in English.
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