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Children's Resilience Programme

The new resource kit from Save the Children and the PS Centre of the International Federation is now available here online in PDF-format and in hard copy, in English, from the PS Centre. It consists of four booklets and an Activity Bank on a USB-stick. You do not need to implement all activities and all tracks, but the complete set will help you when planning and choosing your activities. Download the PDF-files here:

Understanding children’s wellbeing
Programme Managers Handbook
Facilitators Handbook 1: Getting started

Facilitators Handbook 2: Workshop Tracks
Educational cards on HIV, AIDS and ARVs

Activity Bank on USB-stick (coming soon)

New trainers manual: Lay Counselling


The IFRC Psychosocial Centre is now launching "Lay Counselling - A trainers manual" 

Lay counsellors provide an important service to people affected by crisis events. They deliver psychosocial support to people affected by disasters, people suffering from loss or serious illness, and people living in isolation or being stigmatized – sometimes in areas where no professional counselling is available. Lay Counselling: a trainer’s manual is designed for trainers who work with social and humanitarian organisations. The manual sets out a 2-day generic workshop with material applicable to diverse counselling contexts, including background theory, activities and powerpoint slides.

You can read and download the Lay Counselling manual online by clicking here or by clicking on the image at left. The additional material for the training can be downloaded here: Powerpoint Presentation, Hand-outs, Additional activities

The manual can also be ordered in hard copy from the Psychosocial Centre. It will soon be available in Danish, German and French.


New toolkit: Caring for volunteers


The IFRC Psychosocial Centre is now launching "Caring for Volunteers, a Psychosocial Support Toolkit," which will help National Societies not only prepare volunteers but also support them during and after disasters, conflicts and other dramatic events.


The toolkit contains practical tools for preparing for and handling crises, as well as for peer support and communication. In addition, there is a chapter on how to monitor and evaluate volunteers' efforts. Some of the tools can be printed out for managers in the field and for volunteers.

“As psychosocial support has become an integrated activity in many National Societies, we have experienced an increasing number of requests for guidelines and tools on how to help our own volunteers and staff. In other words, how we should put on our own oxygen masks before helping others, as they say on the planes,” says Nana Wiedemann, director of the IFRC Psychosocial Centre.

“This new toolkit will help you do exactly that. It can help you prepare, but it also assists volunteers in the field as well as measures the impact and improves efforts next time around,” she adds. 

The toolkit includes quotes from volunteers around the world, and their experiences reflect what has worked and was can be improved.

You can read the Caring for Volunteers toolkit online by clicking here or by clicking on the image at left.

The toolkit can also be downloaded in PDF format here, or it can be ordered in hard copy from the Psychosocial Centre. It will soon be available in Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish as well.

Click here for the PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION of the 29 tools (without images) for easy distribution to volunteers and managers in the field.

2012 Delegate Manual: Emergency Response Unit - Psychosocial Support Component

Psychosocial delegates deployed to emergency settings will find this manual highly useful. Among humanitarian actors it is commonly known that armed conflicts and natural disasters cause significant psychological and social suffering to affected populations. One of the priorities in emergencies is thus to protect and improve people's mental health and psychosocial well-being.

Psychosocial interventions - A handbook

This handbook is the product of an extensive review of psychosocial interventions that has focused especially on the lessons learned from the psychosocial response to the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. The first section of the handbook introduces psychosocial support in the context of the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and explains that the experience of psychosocial well-being is contextually and culturally bound. The handbook consists of considerations and recommendations for psychosocial practitioners who are going to set up a psychosocial intervention for the first time, paying attention to assessing needs and resources; planning and implementation; training; and monitoring and evaluation. The hardcopy of the handbook is accompanied by a CD filled with relevant documents and tools, all of which are also available on our resource database.

Community-based psychosocial support - A training kit
“Community-based psychosocial support – A training kit” builds on experiences of psychosocial work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in the last decade from all over the world. It consists of a Trainer’s book, a Participant’s book and a CD-ROM with the Trainer’s and Participant’s books, PowerPoint slides and a template (for you to create your own slides).

We strongly recommend downloading the low resolution documents, since the high resolution files are nearly 20 MB. If you would like the material in hard copy, you are welcome to send us an e-mail and we will send it to you as soon as possible.

Trainer's book
- High resolution (22.0 MB)
- Low resolution (5.6 MB)
- Power Point, module 1 (1-2 MB)
- Power Point, module 2
- Power Point, module 3
- Power Point, module 4
- Power Point, module 5
- Power Point, module 6
- Power Point, module 7
- Power Point template

Participant's book
- High resolution (15.7 MB)
- Low resolution (4.7 MB)


Managing Stress in the Field
Managing Stress in the Field is a leaflet designed for delegates and field workers before, during and after their mission. Its aim is to help them to recognize, prevent and reduce stress in situations of complex humanitarian disaster.

A hard copy of the leaflet in English, French or Spanish can be requested through the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva. 
An electronic version of the leaflet can be downloaded here:
>>Leaflet in English
>>Leaflet in French
>>Leaflet in Spanish