Category Archives: Resources

Resource: Mental Health in Emergencies (WHO)

This brief document outlines what needs to be done before, during, and after an emergency to support affected populations. It’s brief and thorough but not in-depth. This document will provide a useful checklist for international social workers who want to ensure they’ve not missed any important elements. Mental Health in Emergencies: Mental and Social Aspects of Health of Populations Exposed to Extreme Stressors by WHO. 2003

Resource: Community-Based MHPSS in Areas of Mass Violence (MSF)

MSF has published a manual that provides a good basis for psychosocial interventionists responding to man-made crises. It’s basic and intended for coordinators and lay people. Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions in Areas of Mass Violence: A Community-Based Approach by Kaz de Jong for Medicins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors without Borders. March 2011 I think it would be a useful tool in communicating and psychoeducation, especially for non-mental health colleagues or… Read Article →

Resource: The Peace Corps’ Culture Matters Workbook

I was introduced to this wonderful workbook in one of my University of British Columbia’s Certificate in International Development classes. No matter what you think of the Peace Corps, it’s a great resource. The workbook breaks down culturally driven values and behaviors in American and other cultures. It’s incredibly thorough and yet easy to understand. I most appreciated the self-assessment quizzes and the lists of behaviors that reveal a culturally-determined value. Want to know… Read Article →

Resource: The Psychosocial Support and Child’s Rights Resource Center

I’ve been a little busy developing my own materials for some new work I’ve taken on. It was in the course of this work that I was referred to the Psychosocial Support and Child’s Rights Resource Center.   This organization out of the Philippines has downloadable research articles and practice materials. The materials cover a range of issues facing kids like disaster response, child labor, trafficking, migration, and child protection. Many of the practice tools… Read Article →