Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Workers

This is an ongoing series designed specifically for humanitarian aid workers who want to enhance their skills for self care and community care.

April 23, 2020 10:30 am


  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Patricia Omidian

Positive Deviance (PD) is a research and program development method designed to solve difficult and seemingly unresolvable problems at the local level. Its basic assumption is that one or more persons in the affected community will have already found a solution to that vexing problem. This week we will explore ways to use this technique at the community level to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We, at Focusing Initiatives International, believe that each of us is intimately connected to our community and that our own wellness is reflected in and responds to the wellness of the community as a whole. That is what psychosocial support (PSS) is all about–the healing of the individual and their community–by enhancing wellness skill sets for both. This course is specifically designed to help PSS workers in INGOs NGOs and CBOs facilitate healing, positive change and peace in communities in distress.

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