Who is responsible for psychosocial support (PSS)?
Ketevan Mindeli, Head of the Health & Care Department
Contact for PSS
Nino Siradze, Psychologist, PSS Focal Point
Phone: +995 32 47 64 89
Fax: +995 32 95 33 04
Website of the national society or PSS:
Field of psychosocial support at the moment
Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) started developing PSS direction as a response to the conflict situation in Georgia in August, 2008. In 2008 there were small-scale psychosocial projects implemented (provision of psychosocial assistance in and around Gori). The GRCS volunteer psychologists offered psychological consultations to ID families in Gori camp city. A total of 40 children (from 6 till 12 years), 44 women and 56 teenagers were targeted.
Besides, there were six 10-days rehabilitation camps implemented for 400 children aged 3 to 15 years and 67 parents from Tskhinvali Region and Conflict Affected Areas (coping with Post Traumatic Stress).
Throughout 2008-2009 supported by ICRC and IFRC the GRCS started building PSS capacity and establishing PSS volunteer network in 5 target branches. The PSS team members were trained based on the Training kit, elaborated by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (the PS Centre). The informational-educational material was elaborated and distributed among community members: “Managing stress”, “Healthy self-esteem”, “Resolving conflict”, Understanding loss and grief”, “Controlling anger”.
In 2009 with technical support of the IFRC PS Centre there was GRCS PSS Strategy developed. In December 2009 the strategy was presented to representatives of the governmental and non-governmental sectors.
The GRCS recognises that psychosocial factors influence the well-being of individuals and communities and includes psychosocial support component in all its strategic programmes.
The GRCS ongoing PSS activities:
Health & Care projects
- DR-TB Control project – providing psychological assistance to beneficiaries. The psychological component of this project is considered as one of the determinants of its success.
- Harm Reduction project – providing individual consultations and group meetings to the project beneficiaries and their family members.
- First Aid – the PSS leader trainer-volunteers are conducting PSS trainings for FA team members in 8 target branches.
The PSS component is included in the GRCS Disaster Risk Reduction projects, conducting basic trainings/trainings of trainers for community members, the GRCS local staff and volunteers in 14 target branches. The PSS teams are conducting PSS trainings, are actively involved in simulation exercises and also in response activities to local emergencies.
In the frames of the partnership between the GRCS and Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) in the field of DM, there were two regional ToTs conducted by the delegates from Icelandic Red Cross, Palestine Red Crescent Society, the ARCS and the GRCS Master Trainers, with main focus on Children’s Resilience Programme (CRP), elaborated by the IFRC PS Centre. In 2014-2015 it is planned to implement the CRP in target schools in both countries.
Activities on international level:
Since 2008 the GRCS psychologists are actively involved in the ENPS Annual Forums. Participation in the forums enhances cooperation between the GRCS and other partners/NSs who work in the PSS direction.
Since 2013 the GRCS PSS focal point is on the PS Centre Roster list. In the frames of this cooperation, in 2013 there was a PSS ToT conducted for representatives of 9 Russian-speaking countries in Moscow, Russia.
In 2014 together with two psychologists from Belarusian Red Cross Society the GRCS PSS Master Trainer conducted a PSS ToT for staff and volunteers of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society in Kiev, Ukraine.