To support the ‘Health Support Team’ training held earlier in March of 2013, a “Health Support Team” training of trainers was given on the 10th of September 2013 for community members and social and youth workers who work with refugees or with people dealing with trauma to support mental health needs during and after a crisis.
The HST was previously given and was followed up by this ToT to allow the team to be able to provide the HST training to the communities around them. The training took place at Ruwwad and was given by:
John Thoburn, Ph.D.
Kira Mauseth, Ph.D.
Tona McGuire, Ph.D.
Kathryn Adams, Ed.D.
and Noel Clark
Another HST training was also given to Save the Children staff in Mafraq in coordination with UMOT on the 8th and 9th of September, some of the trainees joined in afterwards at the ToT to make full use of the opportunity. Some of the attendees later joined the HST team and practiced giving this training themselves to an all female group in Jerash on the 14th of September.
The content of the Health Support Team training program includes modules that cover (a) psycho-educational information about the nature of trauma and responses to trauma; (b) supportive communication and listening techniques; (c) situational assessment and referral process information on suicide, substance use, anger and violence de-escalation, and serious mental illness, including decision making for problems which lie outside the scope of an HST volunteer’s training; (d) promotion of resiliency and disaster preparedness; (e) cognitive and behavioral relaxation and stress reduction tools; and (f) self-care practices and responsibly handling compassion fatigue.
The HST training gives community members valuable knowledge and skills especially during this time to be able to support Syrian refugees through this crisis.