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Providing Psychosocial Support through Training, Information Sharing, and Capacity Building. Providing Psychosocial Support through Training, Information Sharing, and Capacity Building in Japan. Dr. Inka Weissbecker, PhD, MPH Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor

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Providing psychosocial support through training information sharing and capacity building

Providing Psychosocial Support through Training, Information Sharing, and Capacity Building


Providing psychosocial support through training information sharing and capacity building in japan

Providing Psychosocial Support through Training, Information Sharing, and Capacity Building in Japan

Dr. Inka Weissbecker, PhD, MPH

Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor

International Medical Corps


Response to the japan disaster

Response to the Japan Disaster

  • International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team arrived March 13th

  • Mental health and psychosocial support identified as urgent need

  • Response coordinated with national authorities and local coordination bodies


Dissemination of best practices and guidelines

Dissemination of best practices and guidelines

IMC Response:

  • Distributed IASC guidelines in Japanese (over 12 organizations, more than 482 people).

  • Funded translation requested by Japanese National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of IASC MHPSS guidelines for the health sector

  • Organized workshops on IASC guidelines for Japanese mental health workers together with NIMH

Challenge: Best practices in MHPSS often not known or overlooked in emergencies


Psychological first aid is

Psychological First Aid is…

Recommendedfor helpers (e.g. relief workers) in conflict and crisis situations

A non-intrusive way of providing psychosocial support which teaches:

  • Doing no harm

  • Normal reactions to stress and loss

  • Listening in a supportive way

  • Coping strategies

  • Ways of linking people to needed services including specialized referral for those experiencing severe distress

  • Staff self-care


Training in psychological fist aid

Training in Psychological Fist Aid

IMC Response:

  • Provided Training of Trainers for our local partner organization TELL in PFA and adapted PFA training to local context

  • Trained 85 phone counselors from TELL and other organizations in PFA

  • Disseminated PFA handouts to five major relief organizations working in Japan (reaching over 4,000 people)

Challenge: Disaster responders often lack knowledge of how to respond to distress of affected population


Outcomes from pfa training evaluation

Outcomes from PFA Training Evaluation

  • Trainee scores on several dimensions of perceived competency in assisting those experiencing distress significantly increased post training

  • Trainees reported higher awareness of community empowerment, doing no harm, protection issues and self-care after training

  • International Medical Corps continues supporting local partners in scale up of PFA in Japan


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