Drawing by a Syrian child, beneficiary of psycho-social aid in Macedonia.
Terre des hommes and its partners seek to provide migrant and refugee children and families protection and support 24/7 through recreational activities, emergency counseling and health promotion activities. Emergency counseling (Psychological First Aid, or 'PFA') has become, in the latest years, a pretty common methodology to address psychosocial distress of human beings in serious crisis events. However, it is sometimes misused, or it may go against the "do not harm" principle - a principle that should always be in the center of our interventions.
So, what is exactly Psychological First Aid? When, where and to whom should it be provided? Who shold provide and how/where to get trained on PFA?How should we best provide PFA in this specific situation, in ways that respect the dignity, culture and abilities of refugees and migrants of the current crisis in Europe? What are the limitations of the use of this framework, and possible negative impact?
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