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MHPSS Coordination Training: Dutch Surge Support

Live training on MHPSS coordination in Budapest

From 9-10 December 2022, the DSS MHPSS programme and the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS organized their very first live training for roster members. 20 participants and 10 trainers gathered in Budapest at the WHO centre for two days.

The main topic of the training was MHPSS Coordination, and the various sessions were focused on: information management, the role of the IASC RG in MHPSS coordination, Minimum Service Package, MHPSS coordination in refugee contexts, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, real case studies, the MHPSS coordination handbook, Dutch Surge Support (DSS), and the code of conduct in the field. On the second training day, the participants had to bring this knowledge into practice during 4 simulation exercises where actors confronted them with real coordination dilemmas.

At the beginning and ending of the training, participants had to fill in a test on MHPSS coordination. The questions were the same, but the results improved from 10/18 to 12/18, which indicates a good learning curve. The participants reviewed the training with an average grade of 9.5. Among the most important things that participants learned were “the skills that are required for a MHPSS coordinator”, “the multisectoral approach in MHPSS coordination”, and “lessons from real case studies”.

One participant summarized the training accordingly: “So much about this course was really great: the incredible expertise, the role plays, the interactive nature, the overall structure, and the social aspects. I will try to replicate this approach in future sessions I provide”. Overall, this first live training was a great success and we look forward to organizing more trainings in 2023 for the DSS roster members.

As a Co-Chair IASC RG on MHPSS in Emergency Settings, Carmen Valle-Trabadelo co-facilitated this 2-day training,  and  Barbara Levin, Communication and Coordination Officer at the PS Centre, supported the training preparations and participated as well.