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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-218

Developing inter-agency guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings

1 Senior Child Protection Advisor at Christian Children’s Fund, a member of the InterAction consortium. He is also Professor of Clinical Population & Family at Columbia University and Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College
2 Scientist at the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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This paper describes how and why the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings were developed. A brief overview about the need for the guidelines, as well as the context and background, are included. Also, a discussion on the process of developing them with an eye towards identifying key issues and obstacles, and the strategies used to manage these issues and enable constructive collaboration, is provided. Also included are the processes of building positive networks and relations across agencies and sub-fields. Finally, there is a brief overview of how the Task Force worked and approached some of the issues that have been hotly contested in the field.

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