Training Psychosocial Support in Disasters – K1 DIRECT

With the Government of St. Maarten, K1 DIRECT committed to assist in manning and coordinating the logistics related to emergency shelters, coordinating the distribution of relief goods, and conducting first response. Though they have a pre-determined role assist in these areas, they are very much aware of the unpredictability and chaos related to crises and are prepared to assist in other areas as is needed. 

In order to adequately meet these needs both on St. Maarten and in the region, K1 has contacted, vetted, and selected a group of dedicated volunteers who have completed and are undergoing a variety of trainings, including CPR, First Aid, AED, Bedrijfshulpverlening (training with the fire department), psychological first aid, and child protection in emergency situations.

What Inspired offered in collaboration with Red Cross:

The aim of the training ‘Psychosocial Support in Disasters’ was to enable K1 staff and their dedicated volunteers to use basic psychosocial competencies within the framework of their anticipated disaster functions. 

It was designed for them specifically by Inspired with support and funding by the Red Cross The Netherlands & St. Maarten. 

It was a great interactive learning experiencing, related to self care, communication techniques, deescalation methods, community engagement and important guidelines from research and experiences after disaster. 

Three Words they wont forget and will inspire them in their work: Look! Listen! Link!

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