Capacity Building on Post- Disaster Psychosocial Counselling and Support Program
BNMT successfully conducted two days training on “Post- Disaster Psychosocial Counselling and Support” to 12 staffs of Mother and Infant Research Activities (MIRA), a research based organisation in Kathmandu on 10th and 11th June, 2015. The prime aim of the training was to orient the staffs on basic psychosocial skills and share BNMT activities and lesson learnt. The training covered different elements of Psychosocial Support Program:
- Psychological First Aid: Need and its importance
- Psychosocial Counselling: Types, Practical Tips, Do’s and Don’ts
- Formation of Support Group: How to operate Support Group, Roles and Responsibilities, Do’s and Don’ts
- Trauma: Signs and Symptoms of trauma, Causes and Way of handling trauma
- Effective Communication Skills: Practical Tips and Do’s and Don’ts
The participants were from different health related background and showed a keen interest and were engaging throughout the training session. Various games and interactive sessions and relaxation exercises were also conducted. We also responded to their queries and concerns related to building up coping mechanism after the devastating earthquake. Overall the training was successful to initiate a psychosocial concern in post disaster setting among a group of health professional. They have also committed to conduct support program in Makwanpur, one of their working districts. MIRA showed a great appreciation towards BNMT’s efforts on addressing mental health issue in post disaster setting and has further mentioned to support and coordinate with BNMT if needed.
We are supporting affected communities with trauma counseling and now training other organisations with the skills necessary to provide similar programmes of care – so extending the access to these services.
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