Human Rights Education Associates
Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum
3 September-14 October 2014
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Baron
Migration, be it voluntary or forced (escaping wars, conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies), can have complicated consequences at the social and psychological levels of individuals concerned. After leaving the stability of home, country and culture, migrants are exiled into countries where they often feel alienated, isolated and struggle from discrimination and violations of their basic human rights. As a practitioner, humanitarian worker, policy maker or researcher, it is vital to understand the psychosocial consequences of migration.
This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.
This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, quizzes, a writing assignment, and webinars over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.
Week 1. Overview of the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration
Week 2. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines (IASC) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for Emergency Settings and their implications for intervention
Week 3. Skills to assess problems, needs and resources
Week 4. Culturally and contextually sensitive interviewing skills; Working with interpreters -translators
Week 5. Introduction to individual, family and community interventions for populations living in camps and urban contexts
Week 6. Specific mechanisms workers and organisations can use to minimize staff burnout and maximise organisational effectiveness
About the instructor
Dr. Nancy Baron is the Director of the Psychosocial Services and Training Institute in Cairo and Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI) in Cairo, Egypt. She served as Director of the Psychosocial Interventions Diploma at the Center for Migration and Refugees Studies at American University in Cairo. Dr. Baron received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. Since 1989, she has provided consultation, assessment, training, programme design and development, research and evaluation for UN organisations and international and local NGOs in community and family focused psycho-social, mental health and peace building initiatives in conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa (Egypt, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South and North Sudan, South Africa, Uganda), in Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka) in Eastern Europe (Kosovo) and the Middle East (Egypt, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel).
Who should apply
The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of (im)migration and asylum, government officials (local and national level) dealing with migration and migration-related issues; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.