The CHP works according to the international best practices. We aspire to train and support humanitarian aid workers according to the following widely accepted principles:

Human rights and equity
In its activities, the CHP promotes the human rights of all affected persons and protects individuals and groups who are at heightened risk of human rights violations, which is particularly important in the field of mental health.

Non discrimination
The CHP refutes all discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, opinion or social class.

Do no harm
Work on mental health and psychosocial support has the potential to cause harm because it deals with highly sensitive issues. This is why we support professionalism of international and national humanitarian staff in this field.

The CHP acts to maintain its moral and financial independence and strict political and religious neutrality.

The CHP is committed to respecting a policy of total transparency to all stakeholders and is also committed to providing guarantees of its good management.

The CHP bases the provision of its services, from conception to delivery, on professional standards and its years of experience to maximize its efficiency and the use of resources.

More specifically, CHP’s training programs are built on the principles of:

  • Participation of locally affected populations
  • Building on available resources and capacity in the host country
  • Supporting the resilience of communities in their rehabilitation process.

The support services – hotline and counseling – respect the internationally accepted deontology and ethics of mental health professionals.


All staff in the CHP, as well as consultant experts, adhere to the principles of the charter and comply with them in their work.

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CHP – Centre for Humanitarian Psychology
15, rue des Savoises
CH-1205 Genève