Stress, trauma, resilience, staff care, psychosocial support and humanitarian work

If you are looking for information on stress, trauma, resilience, psychosocial support, staff care, and humanitarian work check out the following:


Relevant organizations


The Headington Institute: Make sure you visit the Online Training Program for in-depth materials on resilience, trauma, stress, burnout, and gender.  

Idealist: Presents many resources for pre-deployment, in the field, and re-entry.

Member Care Associates: Focused primarily on supporting missionaries, this site has many good resources and a bunch of great links.

Antares: Here you can find the Antares Guidelines for Good Practice and some podcasts on stress management for emergency responders.

The Center for Humanitarian Psychology: Here you can find some interesting video clips.

InterAction: Here you can find September 2008 special issue of Monday Developments that focused on staff care

People In Aid: This NGO focuses on organizational effectiveness within the humanitarian and development sector worldwide by advocating, supporting and recognizing good practice in the management of people. There are many HR and management resources on their site, including Building Resilient Managers in Humanitarian Organizations.

InterHealth: This NGO provides medical, psychological, and occupational health services for humanitarian workers.

Satori Worldwide: Satori is based in Bali and provides restorative and fun retreats for international aid workers and expatriate families.


Relevant degree programs


International Humanitarian Psychosocial Consultation (Distance Learning): This program provides a MSc, PG Cert or PG Dip from the University of East London.

The course focuses on psychosocial issues within international humanitarian contexts and explores the multiple contexts that affect people’s experiences, capacities and resilience. Provides students with opportunities to learn from professional practitioners who have direct experience of working with populations around the world.

Each module has been developed from input of specialists in the field who have both a great deal of insight, experience and expertise in their respective subject areas. These specialists provide input as students work their way through the curriculum and are able to respond to questions, ideas and issues raised by students. A key focus of the MSc is in application, so that as well as the practical hands on nature of those who work on the programme, the assessments (one for each module) are designed to enable students to apply their learning directly. For example, for the Psychosocial Consultation module, students are required to produce a critique of a piece of consultation they have conducted whilst studying the module. For the Wellbeing and Resilience module, students must produce a portfolio reflecting on their own learning and development in these areas.