Welcome to the Psychosocial support programming module from UNICEF's five-module psychosocial programming course. This online course 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. 

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Is this course for me?
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.
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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • 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
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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 45 minutes to complete. 

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.