Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

international diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance (IDOHA)

Mental Health in Complex Emergencies

2 credits

The Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course is a week-long training course for mental health professionals and program staff who wish to establish mental health or psychosocial programs in a humanitarian context within conflict and post-conflict areas.

The course will aim to provide a practical orientation and training, including how to conduct rapid assessments, design and set up mental health services or psychosocial programs (exploring the differences between them), and undertake clinical work and therapeutic approaches in non-western contexts. It addresses the issues of cultural validity, programming for children, addressing severe mental disorders, gender-based violence, human rights, taking care of oneself and dealing with burnout. The course will also introduce potential field workers to essentials such as personal security, logistics, and practical aspects of humanitarian work in the field.

The MHCE training program targets health, and other professionals, wishing to gain a better understanding of what is entailed in addressing mental health and psychosocial issues in complex emergencies and humanitarian settings.

This course is a week-long elective course for the IDOHA module of the MIHA.  If interested in pursuing the MIHA, please apply here.

To take this course individually, independent of the Masters, please follow this link.

For the dates and the location of our next Mental Health in Complex Emergencies course, please visit our calendar.

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 West 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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