Improving psycho-social support in crisis management

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PsyCris (Psycho-Social Support in Crisis Management) is an international multi-disciplinary project funded by the European Union with the overall objective to improve psycho-social support in crisis management.

Our main goals are: status quo analysis of support in crises in European countries, improvement of support strategies, contingency planning, development of interventions, providing efficient self-help strategies to communities affected by crises as well as investigation of long-term impact of crises. The results will have a significant impact on public health, community resilience, international cooperation and cost containment.

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PsyCris Stress Management Training

The PsyCris research project offers a stress management training specifically targeted at crisis managers. Participants will get familiar with effective stress management strategies. Strong emphasis is also put on communication and leadership skills in crisis management. Detailed information can be found here: Stress management training in German Stress management training in Spanish

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European experts in disaster psychology comment on PsyCris recommendations for psychosocial support

PsyCris (Adler and Meyer, LMU) was able to meet with representatives of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) Standing Committee for Crisis and Disaster Psychology (http://disaster.efpa.eu/) on 24th October 2015 in Lisbon for a joint evaluation process. Initiated by one of PsyCris’ External Scientific Advisory Board members, Marc Stein (Luxembourg), who is also a member of the respective Standing...

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COPAO participates in an accident simulation in Granada

The group of Psychological Intervention in catastrophes, crises and emergencies of the COPAO were this weekend 24th and 25th in Guadix (Granada), in a drill organized by the Red Cross, within the cooperation agreement we have both institutions. It was inaugurated by the Mayor of Guadix, the President of the Cruz Roja in the province of Granada and our President...

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Interview with crisis manager Yves Legil after his intervention in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

Interviewee: Yves Legil, member of the Humanitarian Intervention Team (HIT) of the GSP [1] (Luxembourg Psychological Support Group) and the Luxembourg Fire Service. Interviewer: Lilly Eischen, PsyCris project collaborator and member of the GSP. L.E: After your intervention in Nepal three weeks ago in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake, it would be interesting if you could tell us about your...

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Crisis mangers invited to participate at PsyCris innovative stress management survey

The EU-funded PsyCris Project invites crisis mangers to take part in completing a newly developed questionnaire on stress and stress management. The questionnaire, which is offered in English, German and Spanish, was developed as part of PsyCris efforts to develop procedures and tools that improve psychosocial support in crisis management. The information obtained by the questionnaire will help PsyCris identify potential...

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Security without borders?

By Ulrike Hess-Meining I recently participated in the conference „Grenzenlose Sicherheit? – Gesellschaftliche Dimensionen der Sicherheitsforschung“ (“Security without borders? —Societal dimensions of security research”). The conference was organised by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and “SiFO” (Fachdialog Sicherheitsforschung) in Berlin. Key speakers included Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York) and Cornel Zwierlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Harvard). Sessions...

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PsyCris Stress Management Training

The PsyCris research project offers a stress management training specifically targeted at crisis managers. Participants will get familiar with effective stress management strategies. Strong emphasis is also put on communication and leadership skills in crisis management. Detailed information can be found here: Stress management training in German Stress management training in Spanish

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8th International Congress and 13th National of Clinical Psychology

Daniel Apel (partner LMU) will present the abstract: Impact of the Flood Disaster 2013 in Germany on Community Mental Health and Multivariate Modelling of Causal Factor Relations Including Social Support and Religious Belief Conference dates: 12-22 November 2015, Granada, Spain Conference website: http://www.aepc.es/psclinica_web/presentacion_en.html  

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Project

The overall objective of PsyCris Project is to improve psycho-social support in crisis management within the European Union.

PsyCris is funded as a part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) by the European Commission with an overall budget of 3 827 525,79€. The duration of the project (No. 312395) will be 36 months starting on July 1st 2013.

Main Goals

Tools

- Status quo analysis of psychological and medical support in crises in European countries – Improvement of support strategies for victims, affected individuals and crisis managers – Enhancement of psycho-medical preparedness for major incidents (contingency planning) – Development of interventions to deal with stress and reduce stress related disorders of crisis management personnel and authorities – Providing efficient self-help strategies to communities affected by crises – Investigation of long-term psycho-social, societal and cultural impact of crises

As its main product, the project will provide a set of tools enabling: – efficient handling of relevant data – transfer of knowledge and practical competences relevant for crisis management, stress control and social support – rapid decision-making in concrete crises. The tools are integrated within a computerised knowledge system combining e-learning and face-to-face teaching.

Research

Methods

Research and development are based on a multi-disciplinary approach including methods from different areas: – psychology (e.g. stress management, human resources management, psycho-trauma intervention) – education sciences (e.g. knowledge management) – informatics (e.g. decision making heuristics, new technologies, web 2.0, social software) – engineering – intercultural communication – sociology – health sciences Current and possible changes in society, health systems and climate as well as cross-cultural and gender aspects are carefully considered. PsyCris will propose guidelines for preparedness, prevention and intervention for crises. The results will have a significant impact on public health, community resilience, international cooperation and cost containment.

Working with various methods is crucial for developing an integrated, end-user oriented system. Research and development is based on a multi-disciplinary approach including methods from different areas: – psychology (e.g. stress management, human resources management and psycho-trauma intervention) – education sciences (e.g. knowledge management) – informatics (e.g. decision making heuristics) – engineering – sociology – health sciences Actual and possible changes in society, health systems and climate as well as cross-cultural and gender aspects are considered. This is an overview of the methods used in PsyCris: – Methods Regarding Qualitative Research, Documents, Expert Interviews, GABEK® Analysis – Methods Regarding Quantitative Research – Methods Regarding Societal and Cultural Impact of Crises – Methods Regarding Stress and Self-regulation in Crisis Management – Methods Regarding Development of Contingency Plans – Methods Regarding Development of Demonstrator PsyCris Preparedness-Planning-Prevention Platform (PsyCris PPP Platform)

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Consortium

Overview of the organisational structure of the project and the partners of the consortium:

Name of the Organisation

Short Name 

Country

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Coordination) LMU Germany
Universidad de Granada UGR Spain
UMIT - Private Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Medizinische Informatik und Technik (Co-Coordination) UMIT Austria
Kitokie projektai KKP Lithuania
Blended Solutions GmbH BSO Germany
Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH BayFOR Germany
Amuta LeYeladim beSikun - Cohen-Harris Resilience Center for Trauma and Disaster Intervention CHC Israel
Insight Instruments ISI Austria
Protection Civile Luxembourg Groupe de Support Psychologique GSP Luxembourg
Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Andalucía Oriental COPAO Spain

ESAB members

Association 

Country

Marc Stein Clinical and Organisational Psychologist at the Luxembourg Police, member of EUTOPA – European Guideline for Target group Oriented Psychosocial Aftercare/European Network for Psycho-Social Aftercare in Case of Disaster, member of the EFPA SC Disasters, Trauma and Psychology Luxembourg
Dr. Andreas A. Calderon Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), Louisiana State University USA
Dr. Thomas Ehring Department Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) Germany
Dr.Josef Zelger Department of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck Austria
Dr. Franco Zeno Center of Health and Communities Medical College of Wisconsin USA
Dr. Lars Weisath, MD University of Oslo, Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies Norway
Dr. Winfried Rief Head of the Psychotherapy Ambulance Marburg, Department Psychology at the Philipps-University Marburg Germany

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Contact

LMU
PsyCris Project
Leopoldstraße 13
80802 Munich
Germany

Telephone/Fax
Telephone Project Office: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5175
Telephone Secretariat: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5173
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6372

Email
Dr. Tine Adler (Coordination): christine.adler@psy.lmu.de
Brigitte Langhof (Secretariat): langhof@psy.lmu.de

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