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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Course


Psychosocial support is the process of enabling families to recover from the impact of crises and helping them to deal with such events in the future. The world faces increasing challenges such as disasters, terror attacks, epidemic diseases, conflicts and war. These are crises and events that leaves the communities in distress and emotional wounds. Basic aids such as food, water, shelter and healthcare are paramount but of importance also is psychosocial support.

This training course at IRES offers relevant skills and knowledge to people working in zones affected by such crises to offer psychosocial support and help the affected communities to heal the psychological wounds and rebuild social structure after such critical events.


10 Days


This course is designed for anyone who would like to experience a community approach to inner healing. More so to health practitioners, humanitarian workers and project officers working in disaster and conflict prone areas


By the end of the training participants shall understand the social effects of disasters, war, terror attacks conflicts and other emergency events.

The course will also prepare participants to better understand the development and implementation of mental health and psychosocial interventions, and to assist the affected community in developing these sustainable interventions as well as cope with the emerging situations.


Module 1: Crises events and psychosocial support

  • What is a crisis event?
  • What is psychosocial support?
  • Psychosocial support needs

Module 2: Basic Counselling skills

  • Basic interpersonal communication
  • Person centered counselling
  • Model of a counselling session
  • Role plays and feedback
  • Empathy
  • Listening skills
  • Reflecting skills
  • Probing and action skills
  • Problem management skills’
  • Ethics in counselling

Module 3: Stress Management

  • What is stress
  • Risk assessment
  • Signs of stress
  • Anxiety, depression and post traumatic disorder
  • Coping with stress

Module 4: Loss and bereavement

  • Loss and grief in life
  • Nature and scope of grief and bereavement
  • Stages of grief
  • Grief and children
  • Adjustment to bereavement
  • Managing grief after a disaster
  • Strategies for handling long term grief: guided mourning, support groups, medication, etc.
  • Assessment strategies
  • Grief resolution
  • Special issues
  • Unresolved grief

Module 5: Approaches to psychosocial support

  • Community based psychosocial support
  • Gender conflict and displacement
  • Mainstreaming psychosocial support in other sectors

Module 6: Dealing with children

  • Child friendly spaces
  • Children safety and wellbeing
  • Children reaction to stressful events
  • Children reaction to abuse and violence
  • Children grief reaction
  • How children cope
  • How to help children

Module 7: Supporting staff working in disaster zones

  • Stress in staff
  • Courses of stress
  • Signs of burnout
  • Caring for staff
  • Peer support
  • Self-care

Module 8: Developing Psychosocial Support Group

  • Introduction
  • Choosing a training approach
  • Developing a psychosocial support
  • Getting started
  • Community mobilization

Module 9: Planning Psychosocial Intervention

  • Rapid assessment
  • Purpose of the need assessment
  • Setting up the assessment
  • The approach

M&E Framework

  • What is monitoring and evaluation
  • Why is M&E important
  • When to monitor?
  • When to evaluate?
  • Planning for M&E
  • Ethical principles to data collection
  • Indicators
  • Measuring psychosocial well-being
  • M&E as research tools


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 7th October 2019.

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Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 14-10-2019
Event End Date 25-10-2019
Cut off date 07-10-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 139,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,592
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,853
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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