MHPSS for Survivors of GBV: exploring practice issues through examples from field implementation
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
At 2pm UTC (English) and 4pm UTC (Arabic)
|Presenters||Wietse A. Tol, Marie-Adele Salem|
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Wietse Tol and Marie-Adele will present concrete examples of how Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for survivors of Gender Based Violence can be operationalized.
Wietse Tol will present on the Nguvu project (English Webinar only). Nguvu, which means strength in Kiswahili, was developed to empower refugee women who are currently facing intimate partner violence. The group-based intervention combines sessions focused on reducing intimate partner violence through advocacy, with sessions aimed at reducing psychological distress. The presentation will describe the development of the intervention with Congolese refugee women in Tanzania, the components of the intervention, and results from initial training and piloting. The Nguvu project is funded by Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC), and is a collaboration between Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and Johns Hopkins University.
Marie-Adele will be presenting the ABAAD holistic model of the Protection Shelter for women and girl survivors of GBV project and how MHPSS services are integrated into the overall “protection” and “case management” system, allowing survivors and their children to mourn the loss of the image and the aspiration they had of the couple, the family, or the self; reconstruct the self-identity and develop self-awareness on the intrapersonal level; Re-experience the concept of trust and rebuild healthy bridges with “the other” on an interpersonal level; Support women and girls in experiencing through social initiatives, and taking on active roles as advocates for change.
Wietse A. Tol (MA in Clinical and Health Psychology, Ph.D. in Public Mental Health) is Assistant Professor in Global Mental Health at the Department of Mental Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Program Director of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. His focus is on mental health and psychosocial support interventions for adversity-affected populations in low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on interventions that prevent mental disorders and promote positive mental health by addressing the social determinants of mental health. He is currently working on projects in post-conflict and refugee settings in Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania. Twitter: @wietsetol
Marie-Adele Salem is an expert in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support programmes based in Lebanon, and since 2006 has been working as a consultant with numerous organizations on MHPSS and the problem of GBV and Protection from a MHPSS perspective in Asia, Central America, Africa and the Middle East. Her work consists of capacity development and self-care for actors working in this field, and of program development and evaluation. She developed a number of manuals and training programs on best practices to support this area. Ms. Salem has been a consultant trainer with ABAAD since 2011, and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Technical Advisor for ABAAD since April 2015.
Moderator (English Webinar):
Yvonne Sliep is a community mental health specialist and is currently Global Host for MHPSS.net. She is also affiliated to the University Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa and has completed extensive work in building social fabric and collective healing within war-effected countries. She has conducted awareness raising and risk reduction interventions around GBV using Narrative Theatre in a number of African countries.
Moderator (Arabic Webinar):
Zeinab Hijazi is a Mental Health, Protection and Psychosocial Consultant based in California, USA. Zeinab has over 10 years of experience supporting International Medical Corps’ MHPSS programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and was in a regional advisory role for 5 years providing guidance and oversight in the development, monitoring, evaluation and running of culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial activities in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. Zeinab is currently a part-time Global Host with MHPSS.net