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Subject:

RSC Weekend Workshop: Psychosocial Programmes in Emergencies

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RSC Weekend Workshop

Psychosocial Programmes in Emergencies: What are we learning from practice?

Dates: 27 & 28 October 2007
Course Venue: Dept of International Development, Oxford
Course Fee: £130 (excluding accommodation)

This two-day workshop examines mental health and psychosocial support in 
Emergency and protracted refugee settings. It invites practitioners and 
theorists to struggle with complex intercultural issues associated with 
psychosocial programming.

The workshop begins with a critical analysis of contemporary psychological 
approaches to individual and community psychological and social needs following 
armed conflict and displacement. It examines the limits of Western 
psychological approaches to tasks such as healing and reconciliation in the 
cultures and situations of complex humanitarian emergencies. It also analyzes 
how damage can be done through the imposition of Western approaches and the 
marginalization of local approaches. Pointing out how individualized, narrow 
psychosocial programs miss important opportunities for building peace and 
sustainable development, it suggests the need for integrated, holistic 
approaches.

Next, the workshop examines the value of indigenous psychological resources 
such as local rituals and traditional practices in assisting healing, community 
reconciliation, and processes of nonviolent conflict resolution. Using 
exemplars from field programs in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Tsunami 
affected areas, it examines how to blend Western and local approaches through 
processes of consultation, dialogue, and collaborative problem-solving with 
local people.

Attention will be paid to the recently developed Interagency Standing Committee 
(IASC) guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial support, its framework and 
implications.

Instructors: Dr. Michael Wessells is Senior Advisor on Child Protection for 
Christian Children’s Fund, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health 
at Columbia University, and Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College. 
Co-Chair of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force on Mental 
Health and Psychosocial Support, he conducts research on child soldiers and 
post-conflict reconstruction for peace. Professor Wessells is an advisor to UN 
agencies, governments and donors on child protection and has helped develop 
post-conflict assistance programs in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. 
Maryanne Loughry is the Co-convenor of the Psychosocial Working Group, an 
international academic and practitioner group committed to the development of 
knowledge and best practice in the field of psychosocial interventions in 
complex emergencies.

For further information, contact:
Short Courses
Refugee Studies Centre
Department of International Development (QEH)
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB
Tel: +44-(0)1865-270272
Fax: +44-(0)1865-270721
Email: [log in to unmask]
RSC Website: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk

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