Capacity Building for Social Work Students on Psychosocial care for survivors of Disaster

Raj, Elangovan Aravind and Rao, Gunasagari and Gopinath, Rajini and Sinu, Elumalai (2012) Capacity Building for Social Work Students on Psychosocial care for survivors of Disaster. In: 4th Pan American Conference of World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, 15-17 Oct 2012, Virginia, USA. (Submitted)

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Back Ground:Disasters usually leave a trail of human agony resulting in long-term psychosocial and mental health problems. Apart from logistic and material help, the affected community requires Psycho-Social Support and Mental Health Services (PSSMHS). The importance of mental health and psycho-social interventions after disasters has been increasingly recognized. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that appropriate interventions are necessary to prevent and manage the psycho-social and mental health consequences of a disaster (NDMA, 2009). But the growing inadequacy of the available human resources is evident and resources in PSSMHS are grossly inadequate to cater to the needs of our country. Social Workers being one of the main stakeholders in provision of psychosocial support and mental health services should be equipped with adequate knowledge and skills of the same during their post graduate program. Methods: The current study details the effectiveness of the training program on psychosocial care in disaster management (Sekar, 2005) for post graduate social work students from different schools of social work in Udupi District, Karnataka, India. 25 students attended the three day training program. The content included reactions due to stress, techniques of psychosocial care, spectrum of care, various mediums to work with children, identifying the resources of women and stress management for care givers. Participatory methodology such as brain storming, group activities, role play was adopted. Quantitative and qualitative assessment tools were used to measure the outcome of the program. Results:The pre and post assessment revealed a significant difference in their knowledge on provision of psychosocial care during disasters. The outcome of the training program reflects on the level of preparedness among the trained social workers. The findings would also help in suggesting the universities to include not only the content but also the participatory methodology while imparting education to the social work students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: capacity building, social work, psychosocial care, disaster survivors.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2013 11:04
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2013 11:04

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