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Psychosocial Support in Community training for Shan Migrants in Chiang Mai | 3-5 April 2017 | Chiang Mai, Thailand
3 April , 2017 - 5 April , 2017
In April 2017, The Life Skills Development Foundation (TLSDF), in tandem with the Thai Red Cross Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC), at Thai Red Cross Health Station No.3 Chiang Mai, organized the training on Psychosocial Support (PSS) in Community for Shan migrants, to help build their capacity to help their own communities when people are in need of psychosocial support.
Among the various migrant communities that live in Thailand, it is estimated that there are approximately 90,000 Shan migrant workers in Chiang Mai. Part of this large, and growing, community, has experienced significant trauma in their journeys emigrating to Thailand and in their vulnerability to legal protection, both in Thailand and in Myanmar. Natural disasters, personal conflicts, painful experiences, traffic accidents and myriad social pressures can cause intense psychological stress on individuals and on larger communities. Currently, there is very little structure in place or resources available to help migrants deal with these issues.
In this training, Thai Red Cross Society provided the technical support with four senior nurses/PSS trainers to facilitate this training for TLSDF/Rak Dek with the technical support from IFRC CCST BKK which facilitated this training. There were 27 community volunteers participating in this PSS trainings. The training was conducted by using the community-based PSS training materials of IFRC Reference Center for phychosocial support which are toolkits with seven modules, namely,
– Crisis events and PSS
– Stress and coping
– Loss and grief
– Community-based Psychosocial Support
– PSS First Aid and supportive communication
– Supporting volunteers and staff
The Feedbacks from each trainee were collected and recorded for further analysis. It was found that the results of the participants’ expectation were high and reached their expectation. They addressed that they will be using this PSS knowledge, both technical and practical skills, in helping their family, friends and migrant communities. Certificates of participation were provided to all participants.