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Training in Tokyo: Psychosocial Support in Emergency Response Unit

Red Cross Japan training

Training: Psychosocial Support in Emergency Response Unit

13 to 15 July, Tokyo, Japan. (Deadline for application: 27 May 2019)

Psychosocial Support (PSS) in Emergency Response Unit (ERU) training takes place in Tokyo, Japan. This training aims to enhance necessary knowledge for PSS delegates to operate in an ERU setting and improve the technicalities and quality of PSS missions in an ERU. The upcoming training is the second series of the “PSS in ERU training in Japan”, thus participating this training alone shall not cover the whole package of PSS operations in an ERU setting. Nevertheless, the JRCS is more than welcome to accommodate participants who are interested to enhance the understanding in the below topics.

Subjects covered in the training

Dealing with Sexual and Gender Based Violence:
  • Clarifications of roles and responsibilities of the respective types of delegates
  • How to ensure a smooth collaboration
  • The new DAPS – how to use them
  • Introducing the faith-sensitive guidelines and how to engage faith leaders and communities
Skills and techniques to provide Psychosocial First Aid (PFA):
  • The role of the PSS delegate in relation to volunteers, staff and peers
  • Psychological First Aid – Look, listen, link
  • Training volunteers on PFA
  • Supervision of the PSS delegate when there is no supervisor
  • Traumatic stress: Group support after critical events
Deepening the understanding for the Community Based PSS approaches:
  • Risk assessment with children
  • Creating the plan for 2 months ahead based on the assessed needs in the risk assessment
  • Creating PSS session for children / women / adolescents / men
  • Evaluating interventions with beneficiaries in communities

Dates, deadlines and other important information

The training takes place in Tokyo, Japan, 13 to 15 July 2019 (Participants are expected to arrive in Japan by 12 of July) To apply, complete the form via this link: 02_Registration Form and send it with the required attachments to the following email address: e-yahiro@jrc.or.jp

Deadline for application: 27 May 2019

Target group and required qualifications

Approximately 5 seats are available for oversea participants. Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers who meet the following requirements, may apply:
  • have completed an ERU training and ready to be deployed in ERU missions
  • have participated in PFA training and Child Friendly Space training, or have good understanding of the topic.
  • are interested in serving as a PSS delegate for future deployments
There are no limitations in terms of occupation and deployment experience when applying.


The training course will be held in English.


The training course itself is free of charge. Meals are not included in the training. However, participants must cover fully their own travel (both international and in-country travel), accommodation costs and per-diem.


Pre-learning reading/online course will be shared along with the announcement of the confirmation of the participants. It is mandatory for participants to have complete the pre-learning tasks before the training. The training is based on the following guidelines and training materials: