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Community-based Mental Health & Psychosocial Support

Started Jun 1, 2022

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Course Title

Community-Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 

Course Description

This is a self-paced learning experience. You will be able to stop and start the module at your convenience.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) has become an increasingly central component of responses to emergencies and disasters in recent years. In this module, learners will begin to understand the community-based mental health and psychosocial (CBMHPS) approach in theory and practice. Through the activities and exercises, they will begin to apply the concepts and approaches in a variety of humanitarian settings.

Throughout this module, you will learn from working professionals who have contributed through video as well as authored the text. In addition to watching videos and reading text, you will interact with the content, in various ways, through sliders that reveal information as you move, hotspots on an image, a variety of question styles (both graded and ungraded), and more.

Duration to complete module: 4-6 hours approximately. If using a mobile device to review the module, use the browser on your device. Do not access through the Canvas app.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the six core principles which underlie the CB-MHPSS approach and how they can be applied in practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key features to be included in a CB-MHPSS  assessment.

  • Advocate for the CB-MHPSS  approach.

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Course Contributors 

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Dr. Maryanne Loughry

Part-time Professor

Dr. Maryanne Loughry AM, is a psychologist and part-time professor at the School of Social Work, Boston College and a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Loughry has worked in refugee work with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) commencing in refugee camps in South East Asia in 1988. Her research interests include the effects of detention on children’s well-being and climate displacement in the Pacific.  In 2010 she was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to displaced persons. Click here for full biography.

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Subject Expert

Dr. Rebecca Horn
Psychosocial Specialist

Dr. Rebecca Horn is an independent psychosocial specialist. Her focus is primarily on community-based approaches to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings, particularly with populations affected by conflict and displacement. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh