HUMANITARIAN

Bio-Psychosocial Support

Training of Trainers – IASC Level I & II

Bridging personal/professional aspirations for greater inner coherence and depth performance. Mindfulness is a mental training, which supports the cultivation of somatic, socio-emotional and cognitive qualities for improved focus, decision-making, stress management and transformational leadership.
Public: For local and national staff: various backgrounds

Mindfulness-Based Counselling

Training of Trainers – IASC Level III & IV

Traditional Mindfulness introductory practices with progressive integration of challenges in the practice of law.
Public: For psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses

Staff Burnout Prevention & Resilience

Training for Professional Helpers

Mindfulness and Positive Psychology combined for greater centredness, efficiency and resiliency.
Public: For psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, MD’s, psychiatric nurses

Introduction

The 21st century is seeing a flourishing of psychosocial interventions in the world. Boaz’s approach, based on bio-psychosocial principles, is a contribution to this existing movement.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support guidelines by the World Health Organisation (MHPSS-WHO), the Sphere Project as well as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) have developed comprehensive guidelines upon which these training interventions are based.

The biological dimension of the training informs participants of psychosomatic influences in diseases and well-being. Other expertise such as psychoanalysis, trauma resolution, psycho-spiritual practices and community development enable a diversity of approaches to best suit the local cultural framework.

Past and current collaborators in this field include:

Methodology

Humanitarian training interventions follow a rigorous methodology which can be summarized by the following principles:

  • Community-Based
  • Focus on Experiential Learning
  • Sustainability

Community-Based

Trainee participation in all stages of the training process is highly encouraged. The co-creation of training materials and discussions enables participants to feel more confident and secure in sharing personal experiences. In this way, participants can deepen their understanding of the training approach and implement it more effectively.

The development of resilience is done through a bottom-up approach of identifying the resources and positive coping mechanisms of the trainees and building upon these. Last, the formation of groups and subgroups in the training helps build a peer-supported environment. Social coherence and harmony actualized within the training itself are a key foundation for bio-psychosocial health practices.

“The beneficiaries know best what they need for their healing process.”

Experiential Focus

The trainings promote the development of resilience in trainees by experiencing for themselves the benefits of the practices which they bring to the beneficiaries. The trainees’ experiential processes are given more importance than the accomplishment of specific objectives. In this way, each step of the trainees’ learning process is valued, respecting their difficulties and pace of learning.

Sustainability

Long-term perspectives are considered in various ways. First, the participative and community-based approach encourages participants to bring in their existing resources and import personal meaning to training materials. Secondly, since burnout and compassion fatigue occur often in the helping professions, the training brings as emphasis on self-care of carers: participants learn to regulate their own stress reactions and difficulties. A third measure is to implement the training in phases – training done at regular intervals over extended periods of time, including regular group supervision and individual coaching.

Preliminary Assessments

Before any intervention is implemented, a series of research and analysis of local conditions is conducted. Culturally-specific bio-psychosocial stressors and coping mechanisms are determined, and the training materials are tailored accordingly. Concepts are thus meaningful and appropriate for the trainees. Moreover, often there are existing programs and technical expertise available on site.

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As a central component of the training methodology, participants are encouraged to build upon their own knowledge and wisdom, making the impact of the training more long-lasting.

In summary, preliminary assessments for each training are composed of:

  • Pre-intervention research of history and nature of problems, local perceptions of distress and illness, coping mechanisms, setting, culture, community resources;
  • Pre-intervention analysis of existing expertise and programs;
  • Adaptations of training materials tailored to cultural considerations.

Monitoring & Evaluation

The training quality and effectiveness is monitored and supervised with adequate systems to meet programme requirements. To do this, specific quality indicators for each program are tailored. Each project is thoroughly assessed in three possible ways:

  • Internal monitoring of the local/national organisation;
  • External monitoring via a professional monitoring unit;
  • External monitoring via clinical research methods (in collaboration with the University of Yale).
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