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Guideline for mental health practitioners, social workers and psychologists on the psycho-social intervention of Albanian nationals returning from conflict zones

This guide is designed to help mental health professionals, psychologists, and social workers who approach the rehabilitation and reintegration process from the perspective of public health and psycho-emotional well-being. Based on the integrated system of mental health services, professionals involved in this sector include:

  • Social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and caregivers working in community mental health services or hospitals;
  • Employees of psychosocial and mental health services at local education offices and regional health directorates.

This guide is designed as a practical instrument, which provides clear guidance on the steps and work practice of mental health workers and social workers, while also providing practical skills, exercises and templates that can facilitate the work of professionals.

The guide also aims to raise awareness on the importance of collaboration among policymakers and professionals in the development and implementation of the rehabilitation and reintegration programs.

This guideline was prepared in the framework of the programme “Sustainable community-based reintegration of Albanian nationals returning from Syria”.

 This program is being implemented in Albania by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation in cooperation with the Observatory for the Rights of Children and Youth and the Women’s Center for Development and Culture in Albania, under the national coordination of the Coordination Center Against Violent Extremism, with the support of the Global Community Engagement and Sustainability Fund (GCERF).

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