Psychosocial interventions in emergency and displacement - Summer School

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The Course is open to psychologists, social workers, educators-teachers, medical doctors and psychiatrists, nurses, applied artists, humanitarian workers, emergency experts, development workers or similar.

The psychosocial approach responds to the threats brought by disruptive events, or predicaments of life to the notion of individual, group and collective identity. For this reason said approach proves especially useful in situations where individual, group and community identity and roles are questioned, challenged, annihilated, in need for reconstruction-readjustment, as is the case of migration and displacement forced by wars, disasters, collective socioeconomic vulnerabilities, and return. That is why psychosocial activities have become an indispensable component of humanitarian responses to emergency displacement.

Yet, a non-harmonized approach to and understanding of psychosocial support tend to characterize those interventions.

The focus of the Course is on providing a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of displacement and crisis-affected societies, while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support.

Training objectives:

The course will provide a given frame of understanding of the psychosocial dimension of migration, displacement and crisis-affected societies, as well as of the processes within the migration cycle of vulnerable groups, all while presenting harmonized ethics, approaches and tools associated with psychosocial support.

The course will enable participants to acknowledge the complexity of MHPSS Interventions in crisis situations or during the migration process, conceptualize holistic responses, understand the interrelation of the different sectorial responses and gain advanced specific knowledge in each sector of intervention.


The course will combine a variety of teaching methods, including frontal lectures, role plays and simulations exercises. All classes will have a strong component of interactivity.


At the end of the Course the Sant’Anna School will issue a certificate of attendance with value to the extent permitted by law, and with the details of the ECTS obtained to the students who attended at least 80% of the lessons, and passed the assessment tests foreseen and are up-to-date with the payment of the enrolment fee.

Fee information

The course fee is 1.650,00 Euros, due upon acceptance of admission by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. It includes: participation in all lessons, training materials,tutorship, lunch/dinner at the canteen of the Scuola Sant’Anna for the entire length of the course, access to the library of the Scuola, and free access to the wireless connection within the Scuola premises. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, whose cost is not included in the course fee. Depending on financial availability, up to two partial scholarships may be made available towards meeting the tuition fee.

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