Peer counsellors training with refugees from Iraq: A Jordanian case study

Salem-Pickartz, J. (2007). Peer counsellors training with refugees from Iraq: A Jordanian case study. Intervention, 5(3), 232-243.

The author trained 49 peer counsellors in two refugee camps, over the course of 2004, and traced the impact of their work until the end of 2005 at the request of CARE International in Jordan. The article gives an overview of the training content and strategies, as well as the process of integrating peer counselling as a self-help tool into a community that is affected by ongoing stress and trauma. ‘Peer counselling’ was understood as a process of mutual support that addresses people in need in their respective environment and also therefore includes components of community social work. The article highlights the main components of a culturally sensitive, client centred empowerment approach to psychosocial intervention in a situation of continuous deprivation and insecurity, as well as its challenges. Further details of the training will be presented in a separate publication.

(This document also includes a correction notice on the final page.
The Use of Consensus Methodology in Determining Key Research and Practice Development Questions in the Field of Intervention with Children Associated with Fighting Forces; Intervention 5.2,124-129.
A typesetting error introduced some ambiguity in the above paper.
The study was conducted as part of the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis Settings Initiative, which is funded by USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), the Oak Foundation and the United Stated Institute of Peace (USIP). Alastair Ager, PhD, is Professor of Population & Family Health with the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Research Director of the initiative.)

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