This is the introductory module from UNICEF's five-module psychosocial programming course. It explains what psychosocial support is, why it is important and what a holistic psychosocial support programme looks like. It further describes the ways that distress can manifest in children and identifies the different layers of a complete psychosocial support programme, and how psychosocial support can be integrated into UNICEF humanitarian response. 

Learning objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

    Define what psychosocial support is

    Explain why psychosocial support is important

    Recognize some of the ways that distress can manifest in children

    Identify the different layers of a complete psychosocial support programme

    Describe how psychosocial support can be integrated into almost everything we do in a humanitarian response

    Identify the three primary Do’s and Don’ts of psychosocial support programmes

    Identify three key resources from which you can learn more about psychosocial support

Audience

The module was created for UNICEF staff, but is useful for all humanitarians who are interested in developing greater awareness regarding psychosocial support. This would include child protection staff seeking to improve their understanding of psychosocial support programming, as well as non-child protection staff who would like to integrate psychosocial support in existing programmes.

Length

It should take you about 45 minutes to complete this self-paced course. 

Structure 

The full course - which is only available to UNICEF staff - is composed of five animated modules, including various examples and activities. 

This introductory module is a single elearning module.