Resilience Onlus is meant to provide a training support to the organizations operating in psycho-social and educational fields in countries affected by natural and social disasters. The educational training includes short and long-term interventions, based on the holistic approach to mental health, specifically about post-traumatic stress syndrome. The main purpose is to realize a multi-layered action, as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) affirms in its guidance: “The primary purpose of these guidelines is to enable humanitarian actors to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sector responses to protect and improve people mental health and psychological well-being in the midst of an emergency”.
The goal is to promote, in those organisations, a range of key-skills to enhance and promote the psychological and social resources of the person.
A special attention is given to Projects for vulnerable children. In childhood, traumatic experiences can damage irreparably the psycho-social balance of the future adult. Among our areas of interest, it is important to mention the Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Psychological Support (PSS), under the aegis of Child Protection.
In each context, our training interventions are directed to qualified local and expatriated operators (social, sanitary, educational sectors; youth work; family and social mediation).
Definite targets, timing and the outline of work are always decided with the counterparty on the basis of specific requests.
A first assessment is useful to point out precise formative requests. After the local operators training on the basic theoretical content contents, the operators acquire a range of methodological and conceptual instruments to reinforce their psycho-social intervention.
The training is accompanied by a system of assessment and monitoring, both on training and on beneficiaries. Psycho-social and childcare contents are constantly updated by Resilience Onlus Scientific Committee, in accordance with academic studies, always personalised on beneficiaries’ cultures.
Since in educational alliance, the relation between trainers and local operators is essential for the success of the training, Resilience Onlus encourage continuity in operators involved in the missions.
Resilience also performs for humanitarian organizations a Staff Care service via Skype addressed to operators, in order to promote health and their psychological well-being in the context in which they operate. Working abroad in the International Cooperation is an activity with a high-level of stress, because in such situations the operator can compare oneself with the limits of their own personal security. Humanitarian operators do not always find functional answers to their well-being and to that of the organization. A good service of Staff Care greatly reduces the impact that some contexts inflict on the individual and consequently on all staff, preventing burnout and improving the quality of humanitarian intervention. Resilience offers clinical and psychological support to the humanitarian operator, following the deontological rules of the Order of Psychologists that guarantees the privacy of the operator, unless no risks and dangers for the well-being of the person and others are identified. In 2015 Resilience wrote a manual entitled "Psychosocial Approach Manual" with related workbook. This manual was created in collaboration with AVSI and UNICEF, and it concerns specifically the Child Protection during the crisis in the Middle East.
VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
Starting from the central importance of the individual and from personal and social resources, our inspirations are based on the following principles:
Each person belongs and interacts, in a given time and in a given space, with the community where one lives. Mental health and personal development depend on a dynamic process of interactions between needs and resources both on individual and social level: the response to one’s needs depends on the reciprocal interaction between the individual and his environment. Needs and resources are to be found in one’s physical, psychological, moral and spiritual components. They must be conceived as parts of a unity (the person). For that reason, all needs and resources are seen in a holistic or global approach and the psycho-social project is the best instrument.
The key concept is to be found in RESILIENCE: the capacity of facing and overcoming all difficulties of life through the activation of personal and social resources that are available.
Resilience Onlus is situated in Italy, in Gavardo (BS).
Its main bodies are:
- The Governing Council, that includes 4 members and the President;
- The Scientific Committee: 4 interdisciplinary specialists;
- Administration Office: 1 person;