Intervention Journal

July 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 2

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Ventevogel, Peter

ARTICLES

FIELD REPORTS

REFLECTIONS, COMMENTS, LETTERS

REVIEWS

SUMMARIES

Summaries in Arabic
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Résumés en Français
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Summaries in Russian
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Summaries in Sinhala
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ANNOUNCING A NEW RESOURCE KIT AND GUIDE

ANNOUNCING A NEW RESOURCE KIT AND GUIDE
Available on: www.psychosocialnetwork.net
GLOBAL RESOURCE KIT OF ORIENTATION AND TRAININGMATERIALS
Used to disseminate and implement the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS Guidelines).
This Resource Kit contains 43 examples of Orientation andTraining materials designed to disseminate and integrate the IASC MHPSS Guidelines globally. It offers service providers with examples of actual power point presentations and seminars, along with descriptions of how to assess a training groups needs, facilitate discussions, use case scenarios and more.

A GUIDE FOR DEVELOPING ORIENTATION SEMINARS
Used to disseminate and implement the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
(IASC MHPSS Guidelines).

This guide includes samples of Orientation Seminars that service providers can utilise, with modi¢cations for their context, within their work settings. The sample seminars
are for:
Food security staff; Water, sanitation and hygiene staff; 
Donors; Media
The 6 part seminar design used in these samples is offered as one model that can be used for the development of other Orientation Seminars. The Resource Kit and Orientation Seminar Guide were prepared by Nancy Baron for the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings / March 2009

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ARTICLES

Child Led Indicators: pilot testing a child participation tool for psychosocial support programmes for former child soldiers in Nepal

There is increasing attention given to participatory projects with marginalized children and young people, in the absence of child protection. In Nepal, a process was developed to provide a framework for more systematic participation of children in psychosocial programming, geared towards facilitating the reintegration for former child soldiers. The process development followed seven steps with the children, including culturally grounded concepts of psychosocial wellbeing and problems, desired outcomes, utilization of existing resources, responsive activities and development of indicators in order to monitor project activities. The result was a series of Child Led Indicators (CLI), which represented markers of psychosocial wellbeing that children prioritized, recognized in others, and could monitor throughout a project cycle. Development and implementation of the CLI tool revealed a number of challenges to the implementation and effectiveness of participatory tools for children, which echo the growing the critique of participatory programming. This paper will describe the framework as well as the results of a pilot CLI implementation.

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Karki, Rohit; Kohrt, Brandon A; Jordans, Mark JD

Coping with displacement: problems and responses in camps for the internally displaced in Kitgum, northern Uganda1

Displaced communities respond to the challenges and losses of their changed circumstances by drawing on their remaining resources. The challenge for those working in such contexts is how to effectively combine these community initiatives with their own organisational resources. This paper reports a study of 112 residents of four camps for internally displaced Ugandans. The respondents were primarily concerned with the structural, social and economic difficulties that affected them. Those problems most frequently identified were the fundamental issues of food, health and poverty, which were perceived to stem primarily from the way the camps were structured and resourced. Respondents described four main response strategies: assistance from others (including neighbours, relatives, agencies and community organisations); work and income generation; personal characteristics (e.g. determination, ability to work hard); and social support.

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Authors:
Horn, Rebecca

FIELD REPORTS

Psychosocial support to vulnerable youth in vocational schools in northern Uganda

This report describes the psychosocial interventions of AVSI [an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) operating in Uganda since 1984] in Kitgum District of northern Uganda. These interventions are part of the educational programmes aimed at supporting vulnerable youth through vocational training. Apart from the educational support, the beneficiaries of the programme are also offered psychosocial support. This support is meant to help youth who have undergone difficult, and at times, traumatic experiences during the insecurity that has lasted for two decades and affected almost all families in northern Uganda. For many of the youth, access to education cannot be the only means to empower them to overcome psychosocial problems; but in combination with counselling, they can be supported to gain self confidence and to redefine their roles as independent and important members of their communities.

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Bannink-Mbazzi, Femke; Lorschiedter, Ann

Developing mental health and psychosocial support interventions in an extremely resource poor context: a case example from Southern Sudan

The situation in Southern Sudan poses strong challenges for the development of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services. Local government structures are weak and the health care system is hardly functioning at the primary health care level in terms of human resource, infrastructure and medical equipment. To develop MHPSS in such a context requires a strong focus on capacity building of the local staff and awareness activities on the community level though participatory mechanisms. This article describes a programme in Yei River County in Southern Sudan that uses a public health framework, targeting different levels (individual, family and community), and includes both prevention and treatment. Despite the formidable challenges, the programme demonstrates that it is feasible to implement MHPSS activities in a resource poor, post conflict setting through a community based approach in which relief, rehabilitation and development are complementary.

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Boniface, Duku; Khasim, Taban; Manikese, Joshua; Dijkman, Leo

Iraqi refugees in Egypt: an exploration of their mental health and psychosocial status

Thousands of Iraqis have settled in Egypt since 2003, escaping death threats, torture, kidnappings and military attacks to face uncertainty in their lives and increasing strain on the psychosocial challenges in their new lives. This explorative study describes the psychosocial stress faced by these Iraqi refugees in Egypt. Two hundred and four Iraqis in Egypt filled in a checklist focussing on four groups of stress factors. The data provided by this study demonstrate the contribution of violence to Iraqi refugees' life from a number of sources. More than 56% have experienced multiple traumatic situations before immigration and the refugees themselves report major impacts on their health, mental health and socio-economic demands. A motivated desire to return home was preferred by only one third of respondents.

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Al Obaidi, Abdul Kareem S; Atallah, Sherif F

REFLECTIONS, COMMENTS, LETTERS

Experiences that changed my life: the story of an Afghan woman working with a psychosocial project

In this report the author, an Afghan woman, describes her personal and professional development while working with an international nongovernmental organization in her country. In 1996, under the Taliban regime, she started to work on a project battling malnutrition with the Action Contre la Faim (ACF). She later took part in a psychosocial project to assist women and children. Her professional experiences and personal life are strongly interrelated. The psychosocial work has profoundly changed her situation and her outlook on life.

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Authors:
Samadi, Laily

REVIEWS

Principles of Multicultural Counselling and Therapy(2008). Uwe P. Gielen, Juris G. Draguns & Jefferson M. Fish (eds). New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)

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Authors:
Mweru, Maureen

Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery. New York, Routledge (2009). D. Brom, R. Pat-Horenczyk & D. Julian Ford, (eds)

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Authors:
Ngabirano, Emmanuel

SUMMARIES

Summaries in Arabic

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Résumés en Français

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