School of Psychology launches new micro-credential course

Posted on: 10 October 2023

School of Psychology launches new micro-credential course

Launching on World Mental Health Day, the course aims to equip learners with critical skills for the development, management, and monitoring of mental health and psychosocial support programming in humanitarian emergencies. World Mental Health Day is held by the WHO on the 10th October each year. It aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

Created in partnership with the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (the PS Centre), the 10-week blended course is led by Dr. Frédérique Vallières, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Trinity Centre of Global Health and Sarah Harrison, Head of the MHPSS Technical Unit (PS Centre).

Participants will learn key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions and understand current tools available to support individuals across their lifespans, families, and communities. The course will focus on tailoring interventions to individual contexts while building on local capacities, coping methods and resources.

Commenting on the course, Dr Frédérique Vallières said “this micro-credential embodies the importance of practitioners and academics coming together to train the next generation of mental health and psychosocial support practitioners working in humanitarian emergencies.”

“The Psychosocial Reference Centre of the International Federation of the Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies is delighted to be partnering with our long-time collaborators in the Trinity Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, on this important course,” added Sarah Harrison.

“Open to researchers, humanitarian aid workers, volunteers, professionals, or anyone with a keen interest in international development, this short course is specifically designed to teach critical skills for the development and management,” said Dr Meg Ryan, Assistant Professor in Global Health at Trinity and Director of the MSc in Global Mental Health.

Click here for more information on the Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies micro-credential.