Not doing more, but doing differently: integrating a community based psychosocial approach into other sectors

Abstract: A multi-layered approach to mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies includes the integration of psychosocial approaches into sectors with primary aims other than the enhancement of mental health and psychosocial support.

Responding to the psychosocial impact of the Tsunami in a war zone: experiences from northern Sri Lanka

Three days after the Tsunami hit the war-torn Jaffna district in northern Sri Lanka, a mental health task force was formed. The approach of this task force, comprising a cooperative initiative between 18 humanitarian agencies, is described in this field report.


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.


Evaluating the psychosocial components of a humanitarian project: describing the effect of an intervention in relation to psychosocial problems

One inescapable fact of most psychosocial interventions is the requirements of donor organisations, often in the form of project or programme evaluations. A group of psychosocial workers working with formerly displaced people, who are now relocated in resettlement areas, were asked by the donors to show that their approach is effective in removing psychosocial problems. In this field report, it is shown that, in this particular case the job of the psychosocial workers can indeed be described in terms of removing psychosocial problems.

From the editors... Introduction to a Special Issue: long term perspectives on mental health and psychosocial programming in (post) conflict settings

This special issue of ‘Intervention’ focuses on programmes for mental health and psychosocial support in three very different war affected contexts: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leone and Syria. In this introduction to the issue, the editors present the three case examples and provide reflections on what we can learn from them.

The ADAPT model: a conceptual framework for mental health and psychococial programming in post conflict settings

There is a growing consensus concerning the scope and components of mental health and psychosocial interventions needed to assist populations exposed to mass conflict. The Adaptation and Development after Persecution and Trauma (ADAPT) model offers a unifying, conceptual framework to underpin policy and practice in the field.