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Forum in Oslo: European Network for Psychosocial Support Annual Forum 2019

Photo: Norwegian Red Cross

European Network for Psychosocial Support Annual Forum 2019

(Deadline for application 31 July 2019)

25 – 27 october 2019, Oslo, Norway and Training of Trainers (ToT) in Psychosocial First Aid 22 - 24 october 2019, Oslo, Norway.


The purpose of this year’s Forum is to provide European and Central Asian National Societies, working in the domain of Psychosocial Support (PS), with a venue and safe place to exchange ideas, and promote and share different ways of preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.  This connects with the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) which is Mental Health in Emergencies.


The Forum has been designed to be as engaging, inclusive and interactive as possible.  Various methods of sharing information, including examples of RC/RC practice, interventions and evaluations will be used. The Forum language will be English.


Each European and Central Asian National Society is invited to participate. Participants should have an interest in, responsibility for and/or practical experience of psychosocial support activities, programmes or training. On Sunday 27 October there will also be an opportunity to hear from National Societies about their PS developments or responses to recent crises. Please get in touch if you would like to present. Our next announcement will contain details of how to apply.


The Forum will be held at the Norwegian Red Cross’ headquarters in the centre of Oslo on Friday 25 October to Sunday 27 October 2019; from 1.30pm (GMT+2) on Friday to 12.30pm (GMT+2) on Sunday.


Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies Objectives of the Forum:
  • To consider how mental health and PS can be delivered in all phases of emergency preparedness, response and recovery (and within the links between them).
  • To provide opportunities to learn about and engage with The Moment Project – the Movement wide project promoting mental health and PS.
  • To share good practice, challenges and mistakes when delivering PS activities related to different types of emergencies.
The (draft) programme

How to register:

Registration form : Forum & Training of Trainers

Cost of attendance information: Forum & Training of Trainers

The contact this event is Ane Kristiansen

Solidarity Fund

Please contribute to the ENPS Solidarity Fund which supports National Societies to participate in the Forum.  In order to support one delegate from as many National Societies as possible, please send E500 or as much as you can to the bank account on the registration form before 31 July, 2019. Thank you for your support.

Training of Trainers on Psychological First Aid

The ENPS Steering Committee and Norwegian Red Cross have arranged for this trainer training from the IFRC’s Psychosocial Reference Centre to take place at the same venue as the Forum, for those with experience in delivering PS.  The trainer training will start at 1pm on Tuesday 22 October, run all day on Wednesday 23 October and finish at 5pm on Thursday 24 October.

The training is for staff and volunteers who work with psychosocial support in their national societies and who provide trainings as well as care and support to beneficiaries, peers and volunteers.  The training covers how to offer psychological first aid in acute crisis, emergencies and in longer term accompaniment. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Would you like to join the ENPS Steering Committee?

The Steering Committee is currently looking to recruit two people to join us for four years from October 2019. The aims of the ENPS are: 1) To promote the sharing of experiences and practices in psychosocial support between the national European Societies. 2) To communicate the specificities of psychosocial support in the Red Cross Movement at the European level; including understanding the different contexts that National Societies (NSs) are working within and the way they intervene in the prevention, activation and follow up of crises and various psychosocial interventions, programmes and trainings. 3) To enhance co-operation between the NSs, other parts of the Movement and European authorities and institutions within and between communities and associative partners such as, but not limited to the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe, as well as with research institutions. The duties of the steering committee are:
  • To facilitate the mission of the ENPS.
  • The administrative management of the ENPS.
  • To keep agendas and notes from the meetings.
  • To establish the programme for the annual Forum.
  • To follow-up co-operation.
  • To maintain an overview of the ENPS digital platforms and the resources within the network.
  • To liaise between the different experts and external partners.
The Steering Committee usually meet four times a year – once immediately before and once immediately after the Forum (at the venue of the Forum).  We also meet at the beginning of the year and then early summer, at the venue for the Forum that year and also at the IFRC Regional Office of Europe, in Budapest (it depends on a number of factors as to which meeting is where).  Steering Committee members must be self-financing and able to commit to joining these meetings, the annual Forum and to undertaking some related activities to support the success of the ENPS over the course of the year.  If you are keen to be considered or wish to find out more, please email Sarah Davidson, the Chair of the ENPS Steering Committee. For further details and to contact the Steering Committee.