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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 261-264

Consensus and professional practice in psychosocial intervention: political achievement, core knowledge-base and prompt for further enquiry

Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health with the Program on Forced Migration & Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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The author reflects on the implications of guidelines that are a reflection of professional consensus. In the case of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, the author suggests that consensus represents (1) a political achievement promising improved inter-agency coordination; (2) a core knowledge base defining key principles and practices; and (3) a useful basis to structure further enquiry to gather a stronger evidence base for programming.

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