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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in International Humanitarian Settings

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Instruction Method:
Tue 05/30/2017 - Fri 06/16/2017
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Wietse Tol
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Explores key issues in the development and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial support interventions with populations affected by humanitarian crises, such as natural disasters and armed conflicts. Discusses such questions as: ‘how do populations in diverse socio-cultural settings define mental health in the context of humanitarian crises?’; ‘How can we build on existing resources and practices that promote mental health in humanitarian crises?’; ‘What is known from epidemiological and intervention studies about common mental health problems and effective interventions in humanitarian settings?’. Challenges participants to reflect on translating science to practice, and vice versa. Course methods entail a mix of multimedia presentations and case discussions, focusing on real-world experiences.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the key gaps in knowledge with regard to mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings
  2. Analyze mental health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian crises
  3. Select evidence-based mental health interventions to address identified needs in humanitarian settings
Methods of Assessment:

25% class participation (participation in online discussions); 75% proposal outlining a research or intervention protocol

Instructor Consent:

No consent required