ONLINE COURSE: Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum

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      Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum
      3 September-14 October 2014
      Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

      Instructor: Dr. Nancy Baron

      Course description:
      Migration, be it voluntary or forced (escaping wars, conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies), can have complicated consequences at the social and psychological levels of individuals concerned. After leaving the stability of home, country and culture, migrants are exiled into countries where they often feel alienated, isolated and struggle from discrimination and violations of their basic human rights. As a practitioner, humanitarian worker, policy maker or researcher, it is vital to understand the psychosocial consequences of migration.

      This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.

      This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, quizzes, a writing assignment, and webinars over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

      Course outline
      Week 1. Overview of the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration
      Week 2. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines (IASC) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for Emergency Settings and their implications for intervention
      Week 3. Skills to assess problems, needs and resources
      Week 4. Culturally and contextually sensitive interviewing skills and working with translators
      Week 5. Introduction to individual, family and community interventions for populations living in camps and urban contexts
      Week 6. Specific mechanisms workers and organisations can use to minimize staff burnout and maximise organisational effectiveness

      About the instructor
      Dr. Nancy Baron is the Director of the Psychosocial Services and Training Institute in Cairo and Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI) in Cairo, Egypt. She served as Director of the Psychosocial Interventions Diploma at the Center for Migration and Refugees Studies at American University in Cairo. Dr. Baron received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. Since 1989, she has provided consultation, assessment, training, programme design and development, research and evaluation for UN organisations and international and local NGOs in community and family focused psycho-social, mental health and peace building initiatives in conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa (Egypt, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South and North Sudan, South Africa, Uganda), in Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka) in Eastern Europe (Kosovo) and the Middle East (Egypt, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel).

      Who should apply?
      The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of (im)migration and asylum, government officials (local and national level) dealing with migration and migration-related issues; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

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      Hi, thanks for this preciouse link.
      I checked it and it looks very interesting! I am actually looking for a online course in emergency psychology.
      Therefore a more broader “master” that would go from the basics of emergy psychology (dispaced population, natural disasters,) till more specific topics such indeed (migration, geneder baseed vilence etc…)
      Could you perhaps give me a suggestion in where to look for?

      Thanks in advance!


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