In preparation for deployment it is important that coordinators are familiarised with the risk- and protective factors of their front-line personnel, such that these personnel are given the best chance for success in their roles. Training contributes to the resilience of personnel tasked with working in disaster zones.

  • Information about the mission to provide realistic expectations, know the risks involved and role clarification
  • Information about the disaster situation and context, country and culture
  • Skills training, hypothetical scenarios
  • Information about the organisation to promote strength, belonging and pride in one’s work. Become familiarised with formal support systems and sharing of responsibility. Discuss organizational risk- and protective factors
  • Psychoeducation, learn about typical stress factors and stress reactions
  • Get to know yourself and your team, create a sense of team spirit, discuss individual risk- and protective factors
  • Establish contact with a supervisor, mentor or peer supporter
  • Explore together: Expectations, motivation, hope, fears etc.
  • Discuss limitations and inadequacies, moral and ethical dilemmas, how to prevent disappointments and catastrophising
  • Give recognition