Training, manuals and support material

WarTrauma Foundation has developed several training modules, with accompanying published resources, that aim to meet the mental health and psychosocial needs of varying groups within low resource settings. Each series generally takes a collective approach, looking at how individuals, families, and communities are each impacted in times of distress and aimed at a variety of aid workers and (mental) health staff.

mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG)

War Trauma developed a training course based on the mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide originally developed by WHO and UNHCR. This training contains first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions for (mental) health professionals and community workers in humanitarian emergencies where access to specialists and treatment options is limited. It is a simple, practical tool that aims to support general community and health facilities. The training for community workers includes basic psychosocial care.

Available in : English, French

Multi-Family Approach in Humanitarian Settings

WarTrauma in collaboration with the Palestinian Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH) of Birzeit University and with Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) developed a manual based on our Multi-Family Approach programme. The manual ‘The Multi-Family Approach in Humanitarian Settings’ consists of three parts:

  • Part A: a manual for organisations, detailing the MFA method.
  • Part B: a manual for trainers, adjusting the MFA method to the cultural context.
  • Part C: a manual for social workers and facilitators, depicting best practices and lessons learned.

The manual enables community workers to claim local ownership over a project and allows them to expand and continue in the long term. The manual also contributes to the ongoing development of the MFA method and makes it available applicable to other programs in similar circumstances.

Available in: English, Arabic

Enhancing MHPSS Capacity in Low Resource Settings

WarTrauma in collaboration with Ahfad University for Women in Sudan developed ‘Individual to Collective Healing: A trainer’s manual’, which is aimed at local community workers, specialised psychosocial and mental health practitioners, and other humanitarian actors working in low resource settings.

It sets out a six-day training in supporting individuals, families or communities affected by adversity and psychosocial distress.

Available: English, Arabic (May 2016)

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is a framework to support people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.

Endorsed by many international agencies, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to support people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events.

The guide was developed by WarTrauma Foundation, in cooperation with World Vision and WHO. War Trauma provides PFA trainings adjusted to local context. For more information

Available in : English, French, Dutch, Arabic and many more languages

Psychological First Aid (PFA) – Facilitator’s Guide

This facilitator’s guide is designed to orient helpers to offer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) – during Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks

This guide is an adaptation of the original PFA Guide for field workers adapted to better respond to the challenges of Ebola virus disease outbreaks. Ebola poses specific problems for affected people (e.g., stigmatization, isolation, fear, and possible abandonment), their caregivers and responders (e.g., safety, access to updated information).

Maternal Mental Health

Our new training aims to increase the knowledge and skills of maternal and child health workers on how to support and improve the mental and social well-being of women during pregnancy, delivery, and post partum. Hence the training addresses different mental health conditions that may occur during the pregnancy, delivery and post partum periods. The trainees will have learnt theoretical knowledge and background as well as practical tools on how to provide basic psychosocial support for mothers and their peers. The content of the training programme is developed based on psychosocial support assessments and is enriched with cases appropriate for the context.

An all encompassing evidence-based training manual has been developed guiding the trainer through the material, while the contents of the training will be adapted to the context-specific cases and special focus points. WarTrauma can (help) set up the logistics of a training and is able to provide skilled and experienced trainers. For more information consult our factsheet.

Narrative Theatre

Narrative Theatre is a community approach that was developed by Dr. Yvonne Sliep of the University of KwaZuluNatal in South Africa and trainer of WarTrauma Foundation. It is an approach that is based on the strengths and skills available in communities.

In a ‘theatre setting’, facilitated by psychosocial community workers, the facilitators discuss and dramatize problem situations leading to agreed solutions and actions. The supplement to this manual is the result of, and based on the lessons learned of a joint project of WarTrauma Foundation and its Burundian partner Centre Ubuntu.

Available in : English, French and Kirundi.

School based programme

How to develop relationships with traumatised parents in post war area? Or, how to recognise and deal with the psychological problems of a school-child? What are most constructive ways of working?

This manual provides information on the set up of a psychosocial school program, possible problems, networking challenges, ways to approach complex situations and working methods. Furthermore, it provides theoretical underpinnings for the school based approach. The manual also contains a number of methods for organisation and capacity development.

Available in: English, Russian

Lay Counselling

War Trauma, together with IFRC Reference Center for Psychosocial Support, Danish Cancer Society and University of Innsbruck, developed the Lay Counselling Trainers Manual. Lay counselling – psychosocial support provided by staff or volunteers – is often used to assist people in need. Lay Counselling sets out a two-day training workshop, with material applicable to all settings.

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