Institute for International Health and Development - IIHD
Psychosocial Interventions by Distance Learning
The distance learning module on Psychosocial Interventions with War-affected Populations will be starting on Monday 6 May 2013 and will run for 6 weeks during which time students will be engaging actively with the teaching materials and with one another via the WebCT programme. There will be several compulsory and optional tutorials to complete during this time, as well as an assignment to be handed in. As this is a distance learning course, all interactions will be via the web and students need access to the internet during this time.
The module seeks to establish critical competences for the advocacy, conceptualisation, appraisal, planning, implementation and evaluation of psychosocial programmes for war-affected populations, displaced persons and refugees.
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
- Identify and conceptualise the nature of the threat to personal and social well-being posed by conflict and forced migration
- Analyse and conceptualize psychosocial needs - and interventions - with respect to relevant psychiatric, psychological, social and cultural frameworks and synthesize relevant insights
- Critique the roles of culture and identity in shaping the experience of conflict and forced migration
- Critically appraise a variety of examples of psychosocial intervention with war-affected and forced migrant populations
- Effectively and coherently plan a psychosocial intervention sensitive to local circumstances
- Demonstrate critical awareness of relevant criteria and strategies for the effective evaluation of psychosocial programmes
The content of the module will include:
- the impact of war and forced-migration;
- socio-political dimensions of conflict & the effects on psychosocial well-being;
- trauma discourse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
- alternative approaches to the conceptualization of psychosocial needs;
- cultural dimensions of social suffering;
- psychosocial intervention with children & rights perspectives in work with children;
- gender and vulnerability;
- HIV/Aids & psychosocial well-being in situations of conflict;
- practice guidelines in psychosocial intervention;
- programme monitoring and evaluation.
Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT