Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Topic: Using Supportive–Expressive Peer Group İntervention Techniques
Brief Description: Participants will enhance knowledge of art therapy techniques useful for their group facilitation practice or for individual sessions with children
Expected Date: in late September or October 2019
Expected Duration: 2 days
Participants: Psychosocial Workers and Psychologists from all project locations (PSS Workers have different professional background such as teaching, social work…)
Expected number of participants: 15 to 20 participants
Supportive-expressive group interventions put the focus on peer group support among people who went through similar life events or who face common circumstances, and are facilitated by PSS Workers and psychologists who facilitate supportive interactions among members and propose exercises to enhance people exploring new ways of coping with issues they are facing. Some common goals of using supportive-expressive techniques in peer group facilitation include facilitating mutual support among people suffering from the same health problem, reducing isolation and loneliness feelings, enhancing expression of emotion, making meaning out of the problematic condition or event, and facilitating the integration of events in the life of group members, enhancing symptoms control, improving coping skills, dealing with existential concerns, helping clients to develop a life project.
Supportive group interventions can improve the overall psychological wellbeing of people who experienced collective traumatic crisis events.
This training aims to build the capacity of MSYD’s Project Psychosocial Workers in developing high quality group interventions with service beneficiaries, with a strong technical capacity and in line with best practice in this field, and to provide MSYD’s Project Psychologists more tools relevant for interventions with individuals.
More specifically, we aim for staff to:
- Gain additional tools to facilitate supportive-expressive group activities with service beneficiaries
- Gain additional tools to propose children’ expression or healing processes in individual counselling
- Reflect and learn about integrating expressive art group therapy techniques into existing and new psychosocial activities
- Enhance understanding of the potential of psychosocial group interventions in promoting the mental health and psychosocial well-being of adults, children or families.
- Develop understanding of the core principles of groups’ dynamics
- Understand the core guidelines and principles of group interventions, understanding the ethical standards
- Enhance cultural competency and understanding in working with diverse individuals in the group
- Review and establish effective processes for starting new groups, for promoting community participation in the design of MSYD’s group interventions, for effective systems of internal and external referral to groups.
Qualifications of Trainer
- Advanced degree with specialization in areas such as clinical psychology, art therapy and expressive art therapy.
• Demonstrated experience as a trainer on teaching expressive art therapy techniques
• Demonstrated experience on working in the field as a group intervention facilitator
• Demonstrated knowledge of MHPSS projects