The psychosocial assessments conducted by the PS

Psychosocial support in an
Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support
• A positive social and physical environment
• Implement psychosocial support activities
ERU Psychosocial support component
1. Three psychosocial kits
2. Information, education and
communication materials
3. Delegate manual
4. Training for delegates
Main functions of the PSS component
Play and recreational activities for children
Practical, emotional and social support for adults
Reaching out to communities
Training interventions
ERU deployment
Interaction w NS: Identify and recruit volunteers, continuous information sharing and other support
Recreational activities for children, supportive and informational activities for adults
Supervise volunteers
Wk 1
Wk 2
Wk 3
Wk 4
Wk 5
Wk 6
Wk 7
Wk 8
Wk 9
Wk 10
Wk 11
Wk 12
Train volunteers
Initiate assessment and
mapping of needs and
Interface with
ERU colleagues
Set up tent and
recreational area
exit and
raising and
outreach in
First deployment: Haiti
First deployment: Haiti
Recruitment through Haitian Red Cross
Introductory and continued training
Team spirit and team building
Support group for volunteers
Sensitization sessions
Mobile teams in the wards
Child-friendly space
Space for adults
• Recreational activities for preschool children
• Psychological first aid
• Tracing and family links
– Unaccompanied minors
• Support for grieving families
– Mourning tent
• Hygiene promotion
• Referral system
Community oureach in 15 camps
Support and peer groups
Indoor/outdoor activities for youths in camps
Non-formal schooling
– Life-skills training, Psychoeducation

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