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October 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0

Launching a Conversation: Community-Based Approaches to MHPSS


Date: 22nd October 2020
Time: 1.00 pm UTC

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MHPSS.net is pleased to announce the first webinar in a series organised by the IASC MHPSS Reference Group’s working group on ‘Community-Based MHPSS’. The webinar, “Launching a Conversation: Community-Based Approaches to MHPSS” will feature presentations from Ann Marie Willhoite (UNICEF), Guglielmo Schinina (IOM), and Ananda Galappatti (MHPSS.net) on behalf of the CB-MHPSS Working Group.

Description of Webinar

This first webinar from the Community-Based MHPSS Working Group features an overview of the IASC MHPSS Reference Group’s 2019 publication ‘Community-Based Approaches to MHPSS: A Guidance Note” and will launch translations of this in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Urdu.

The webinar will also introduce two follow-up webinars on Community-Based MHPSS approaches that will respond to common questions arising in the context of field implementation, and will launch an invitation to ‘a conversation’ about best practices and challenges encountered by practitioners in the field.

Ann Marie Willhoite (UNICEF), Guglielmo Schinina (IOM) and Ananda Galappatti (MHPSS.net)

About the Presenters:

Ann Marie Willhoite is MHPSS Expert with UNICEF supporting UNICEF’s MHPSS work globally. Previously, Ann was Senior Mental Health Advisor to USAID, overseeing all MHPSS work in USAID programming globally, and International Clinical Advisor for Mental Health with The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) where she supervised international clinical services. Ann has also consulted with The World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to her HQ work, Ann lived in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Dadaab, Kenya working on MHPSS with CVT, Harvard University, and Jesuit Refugee Services. Ann is trained in Counseling Psychology, and lives with her partner and three young kids in South Africa.

Guglielmo Schinina is Head of the Global Section for Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication at the International Organization for Migration and co-directs the Summer School Psychosocial Interventions in Migration, Emergency and Displacement at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa. In the last 25 years he has started up, managed, and supervised MHPSS programs for vulnerable migrants and victims of human trafficking, displaced and crisis affected populations, demobilized combatants and others in more than 70 countries worldwide, including in the Balkans, the Middle East, post-earthquake Haiti, East and West Africa, Europe and South America. Trained in Psychology and Social Communication, he is particularly passionate about community-based and culturally informed approaches to MHPSS and the use of creative expression for community mobilization and healing. He is the editor of several MHPSS tools including the IOM Manual on Community-Based MHPSS in Emergencies and Displacement.
Ananda Galappatti is a medical anthropologist and a practitioner in the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). His work over 20+ years has been concerned with improving access to knowledge and skills, building collaborative networks and enhancing coherence within the field in Sri Lanka and also globally. He is a co-founder and co-Director of the MHPSS.net online platform. Ananda also co-founded The Good Practice Group, a social business for the development of MHPSS services, and has served as its honorary Director for strategy for a decade. He is also a Technical Advisor on Psychosocial Support at GIZ Sri Lanka.

Other questions about the webinar:

If you have any queries regarding the webinar, please contact Tashiya de Mel via e-mail at tashiya@mhpss.net

If you are unable to join the webinar live, a recording will be later uploaded to the MHPSS.net YouTube channel and a link to this will also be posted on the MHPSS.net online platform.


October 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
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