The following course list may be given internally to organizations and institutions upon request. They target staff preparing themselves for their mission, field team managers and INGO human resources. They are always tailored to the needs of participants and the training mode (in-class or distance) is chosen based on those needs and the type of participants.

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Self Management in Insecure Environments

  • Induction training on Field Stress Management in Humanitarian Contexts (Half a day)

Usually done in-house, the course gives the basics on self-management in emergency contexts, i.e an understanding of the nature of stress, the different levels according to the situation, especially cumulative and critical incident stress – and coping tools to maintain a balance in the face of high pressure.

  • Growing one’s Resilience in Emergencies (2 days)

Rather than hunting down symptoms of high levels of stress and trauma and suggesting a few tips, such as sleeping enough and exercising, to get back to a decent level of well-being, the CHP takes the approach of helping build stress resistance, self-awareness and healthy relationships with co-workers in the field. This course is a personalized approach to developing resilience in spite of harsh living conditions and targets small groups of participants for quality learning.

  • Managing Personal Time and Energy (1 day)

Time is finite, everyone has the same amount available. It cannot be managed, but it is possible to develop and master systems, techniques and skills to manage the choices that need to be made to use time most effectively. The course also gives a number of tools to manage one’s everyday energy.

Working with others

  • Addressing Conflicts in the Humanitarian Workplace (2 day)

Conflict is unavoidable – but the skills for managing and resolving it can be learned. Unresolved disagreements, added to high levels of stress typical of a humanitarian context can escalate into longer term conflicts, causing even more stress and de-motivation for both teams and individuals.

  • Informal Mediation (1 day)

A follow-up workshop to Addressing Conflicts in the Humanitarian Workplace, this workshop builds on the skills presented there. This course focuses however on the skill of objectivity when practicing mediation on behalf of others involved in conflicts. ** It is recommended to have done the previous course “Addressing Conflicts in the Humanitarian Workplace”.

Managing people in emergencies

  • Building and leading effective teams (2 days)

A high performance team will constantly seek to improve its efficiency. All team members must fully understand their own and others’ roles and contribution, in order to meet key objectives and maintain full effectiveness.

  • How to evaluate stress level within a field team (1 day)

Many field managers have had little training in people management before they have to take charge of aid workers in their team, let alone stress and crisis management. This course gives the basics on stress management in emergency contexts and puts the emphasis on how to evaluate the level of stress of their team members and what to do about it.

  • Managing team stress after a critical incident (2 days)

This course aims at giving you the vital tools to guide and protect your team members in the middle of a volatile context, take the right team management decisions in the case of critical incidents, guiding them back as quickly as possible to a decent level of well-being.

  • Defusing a team after a security incident (1 day)

Defusing technique allows for the ventilation of thoughts, emotions, and experiences associated with an incident and provide “validation” of possible reactions. The course provides training in the process of defusing and the support tools which can facilitate return to normal after the incident.

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