Community-Based Psychological First Aid Training of Trainers was successfully organized on 16-20 November 2015 at Kathmandu. Twenty-nine participants were invited for ToT from the faculties of psychology departments in Tribhucan University (Kirtipur, Tri Chandra and Padma Kanya Campuses), MPhil in Clinical Psychology, TUTH and psychologists/counselors working in various national and international organizations (ICRC, Nepal Red Cross Society, MdM France, TPO Nepal, Chhahari, Koshish Nepal, CMC, CVICT ) helping the earthquake survivors through MHPSS programs. This ToT has further enhanced the capacity of Nepali professionals to respond to emergencies by training the members of the community to support one another and meet psychosocial needs. Such approach is particularly important in our country because there is scarce trained human resource in MHPSS field and community-based interventions are more sustainable and effective.
I would like to thank Prof. Shanta Niraula and Sandesh Dhakal from Tribhuwan University for their support in organizing this training. Special thanks to Dr. Merry Bullock from American Psychological Association (APA) for supporting Gerard Jacobs (Jerry) & Sam Manickam to come to Nepal for the training.
Jerry did a great job by explaining each theoretical concept with his field experience and many interesting examples. I have attached herewith his article The Development and Maturation of
Humanitarian Psychology for those who are interested in disaster mental health, also includes his short biography which was published when he was given International Humanitarian Award by APA in 2007.