What we do

The mission of the PS Centre is to promote and enable the psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, humanitarian staff and volunteers through psychosocial support. The long-term vision is to be the global centre of excellence within community-based psychosocial support.

What is psychosocial support?

To understand what we do and how we do it, it is useful to understand the nature of psychosocial support. Psychosocial support is the process of facilitating resilience within individuals, families and communities, where resilience refers to an individual’s or community’s capacity to recover from, adapt to and remain strong in the face of adversities that have the potential to disrupt or destroy the successful functioning or development of the person or community.

In other words, psychosocial support enables people to bounce back from the impact of critical events, and helps them to deal with such events in the future. Psychosocial support thus promotes the restoration of social cohesion and infrastructure.

Our activities

The primary task of the PS Centre is to enable and support National Societies to help them implement psychosocial support. We do that through training, information and educational material, and direct support in times of emergencies.

We work to strengthen the capacity to design, implement and monitor psychosocial support programmes to document their effect. We also aim to develop the psychosocial support component of the IFRC Heath ERU.

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Upcoming events

18 to 30 May, 2020, Copenhagen: This training is intended to help people understand how to address mental health in their communities. This includes promoting mental health, including prevention, and providing support for people with mental health conditions.

La formation des formateurs en premiers secours psychologiques (PSP) est destinée aux salariés et volontaires qui travaillent dans le domaine psychosocial au sein de leurs structures et qui également forment à leur tour ou apportent du soutien à leurs pairs, à des volontaires ou à des bénéficiaires de projets. La formation sera axée sur comment [...]

Psychological First Aid – Training of Trainers

June 9 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 5:00 pm

Psychological First Aid – Training of Trainers Applications for trainings are currently open, but please note, that the PS Centre is complying fully with guidelines from all relevant authorities related to the corona pandemic, therefore the training may be rescheduled or cancelled if relevant. We will inform all applicants directly if changes occur. Psychological first [...]

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Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (PSSiE)

September 14 @ 8:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm

A four-day specialized course in planning, development and practical implementation of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings. This training is open to participants from all humanitarian organizations working with MHPSS and related fields. The training is followed by a stand-alone introduction training day on scalable interventions. If applying for both trainings, there [...]