External courses

The below matrix lists a variety of different orientation workshops, trainings, online courses, summer schools and post-graduate degrees related to the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) sector.
If you are recently graduated and would like to obtain more specific information related to the MHPSS sector, perhaps in advance of your first mission, then we recommend looking at the Summer School intensive courses and psychological first aid courses.
Mid-level career professionals wishing to increase their capacity or knowledge may find the shorter training courses or workshops on specific thematic areas of interest (e.g., sexual and gender based violence and child protection).
There are online courses offered for many thematic areas, and in multiple languages, if you are unable to travel but you have a reasonably good internet connection. There are also a variety of MHPSS related courses on the IFRC e-learning platform for current Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers.
Mid-level career professionals wishing for more formal qualifications may find the Summer Schools, the longer training courses (with university accreditation) or a post-graduate degree course to be of interest, particularly if you wish to move into Management positions.
Please note that the matrix is not exhaustive, but we still hope it will be useful for you, as you look to increase your skills and knowledge.
If you know of relevant courses not on the list, please contact us at psychosocial.centre@ifrc.org

Please note that the PS Centre cannot answer questions or accept applications for the courses in this list. Please communicate directly with the institutions offering the courses

NameType of courseDuration of courseWhen offeredLanguageCost
Psychosocial Interventions in Migration, Emergencies & Displacement (IOM & Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna's campus-Pisa, Italy)Summer school12 daysJuly/ SummerEnglish1.650 Euros (course fee only)
Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations (QMU)Online6 weeksMay-JulyEnglish£680
Child Protection Learning Session Series Workshop3-daysMarchEnglishNone
Risk Assessment in Child Sexual Abuse CasesWorkshop3-daysMarchEnglishNone
Handling Abuse Children and Children In Conflict with Law Workshop3-daysMarchEnglishNone
Child Protection in Emergencies (Graduate Certificate)Online12 weeks (4 hours/week) April - JulyEnglish$2.333 USD
Child Safeguarding certificateOnline4 weeks (4 hours/week)MayEnglish$888.00 USD
International Humanitarian Psychosocial InterventionsPostgraduate-university1 year full time; 2 years part timeSept 2016 - July 2018English9,360 GBP (UK/EU) or 12,000 GBP (international)
Psychological First Aid (Arabic)Online13 sessionsOngoingArabicFree
Psychological First Aid (EnglishOnline5 weeksMayEnglishUnknown
Sexual violence in conflict and emergencies (thematic seminars)Workshop5 days (60 hours)NovemberEnglish1.500 CHF
Violences sexuelles en situation de guerre et d'urgenceWorkshop5 days (60 hours)SeptemberFrench1.500 CHF
Barefoot Counselling CourseTraining5-daysDecemberEnglishINR Rs5.000 (Indian Rupees)
Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (UNHCR & Fordham University)Training10-daysOctober/ NovemberEnglish$2.800 USD
Mental health and psychosocial support in emergenciesOnline1 hourOngoingEnglish & FrenchFree
Mental Health Policy and Services (WHO & University of Lisbon)Postgraduate-university18 monthsOct 2016 - March 2018English6.000 Euros
Mental Health Law and Human Rights (Indian Law College & WHO)Postgraduate-university12 monthsFull year (Sept-Aug)English$7.000 USD
Leadership in Mental health (Sangath & LSHTM)Training2 weeksNov-DecemberEnglish$1.500 USD
Public Mental Health (2015)Postgraduate-university12 monthsFull year (Jan -Dec)English30.000 ZAR
Refugees/ Forced MigrationSummer school5 daysMayEnglish$1,400 CAD + 13% HST
Forced Migration (Oxford Uni)Summer school3-weeksJuly/ SummerEnglish£3,380 (residential)
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford Uni)Postgraduate-university10 monthsFull academic year (Sept - July)English£19,213 (EU) or £24,433 (international)
Psychosocial Support and Restoring Family LinksOnline3 hoursOngoingEnglish & French & SpanishFree