• Introduction

    This training aims at giving you a basic understanding of Community Based Psychosocial Support and the key benefits of applying this approach, not only in your humanitarian response work, but also in nexus and development projects.

    “Did you know…  …that if you incorporate CBPS in  the livelihood projects, participants are more successful?”


      Watch the video below to see why it makes sense to focus also on CBPS. 



      • Do we need psychologists?

        You don’t need specialised psychologists to do CBPS, but you do need people who are trained to focus on the emotional and social parts of people's’ lives.

        The Intervention Pyramid shows the many ways that CBPS can be used.

        At the bottom level CBPS ensures sensitive delivery of physical aid by ensuring that aid respects culture, faith, gender, etc. 


        At community level CBPS focuses on strengthening families and the community to be able to care for their people and adjust to the new circumstances.

        Bottom middle

        At the focused support level, we find ways to support groups that might need extra care and attention, such as unaccompanied children or survivors of gender-based violence.

        top middle

        Some people will need the specialised care from psychologists or therapists, and we always help them get connected.


      • Isn't that expensive?

        Integrating CBPS into different sectors is a cost-effective way to increase the well-being of a community.

        Community engagement and participation are keywords in CBPS.

        Many of the activities can be done by the community members themselves, but sometimes they need some support to get started.

        Integrating CBPS into all areas of project delivery helps to meet CHS and Sphere Standards for accountability to the community.

        Training in basic CBPS can be done when staff is working with DRR or programme planning. 

        Finally, CBPS can save lots of resources because it enhances sustainability and community development when the affected people take the lead on their own recovery and development.

        • How can you apply CBPS in your work?

          You now know the key benefits of CBPS, and you can probably already think of areas where you could apply this approach in your own work. 

          Take a moment to think of concrete tasks or activities where you would like to focus (more) on CBPS in the near future. 

        • Want to know more?

          If you want to learn more and get a deeper understanding of WHAT ­­­Community-Based Psychosocial Support is about - then look into Module 2.

          • About

            This training is developed in 2019 in collaboration with the Church of Sweden, which is the ACT Alliance lead organisation on CBPS. CoS possesses profound experience and expertise in CBPS and has developed a number of manuals and information material to help humanitarian and development staff integrate CBPS in their projects and programmes.