Aid Worker Wellbeing: The Duty to Care

Date of webinar: 
03 Aug 2017
Start and finish time of webinar: 
3pm CET, 1pm UTC
Lynne Cripe, Director of Resilience Services at The KonTerra Group
Olivier Nyssens, Stress and Resilience Adviser at ICRC

About the webinar: will be hosting a Webinar "Aid Worker Wellbeing: The Duty to Care". Lynne Cripe and Olivier Nyssens will explore the important theme in humanitarian area of "Aid Worker Wellbeing: The Duty to Care". The landscape of staff care and psychosocial support for humanitarian and development workers has changed significantly over the past decade. Aid organizations increasingly recognize that their duty of care extends to the psychological health and security of their personnel and are taking steps to fulfill this duty of care.  This webinar will explore good practices and trends related to staff care as well as gaps that deserve greater attention and focus.

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Please note there is limited number of spaces for online participants and so you are advised to complete registration as soon as possible. Meeting will also be streamed live on the YouTube Channel (with some scope for interaction and comments) for those who cannot be accommodated in the online meeting room.

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About the Presenters:

Lynne Cripe is Director of Resilience Services at The KonTerra Group, a leading provider of staff care and resilience services to the international humanitarian and development community. At KonTerra, she provides strategic direction for KonTerra’s staff care and resilience services. As a social psychologist with 20 years’ experience in international relief and development, she has particular expertise working with organizations and individuals to foster resilience in the face of challenges and crises. Prior to joining KonTerra, Lynne served as Director of Employee Engagement, Support & Communications at CARE USA, conceptualizing and implementing a comprehensive staff support program, with a particular focus on crisis and emergency response protocols. She also served as a technical advisor at USAID on issues pertaining to the psychosocial support of children affected by armed conflict, survivors of torture and disaster-affected communities. Lynne earned her PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She has worked in more than 25 countries, primarily in high-risk environments.  She lives in Alexandria, Virginia in the United States.

Olivier Nyssens is Stress and Resilience Adviser at ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. His role covers the diversity of 16.000 HQ and Field staff in 90 different countries.  Olivier is a social anthropologist with a background in psychosocial interventions in various humanitarian contexts, Human Resources management and research in symbolic structures around grief and bereavement. Prior to joining ICRC Olivier worked 10 years with the Belgian Red Cross providing psychosocial services to domestic and international communities and individuals affected by disasters and supporting emergency responders. He also worked in HR management with PricewaterhouseCoopers and in coaching, developing a special focus on the adjustment between individuals and organizations. His first career of active research in field ethnography and anthropology about funerary rituals is a foundation to his willingness to provide new supporting tools to affected people. Olivier academic curriculum in anthropology, linguistic and philosophy took place in Louvain (Belgium), Paris and Cambridge (UK).

About the Moderator:

Marcio Gagliato is a psychologist, with master degree in social psychology and pursuing his PhD in Global Public Health. Marcio was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship from Columbia University (NY) and has worked in several countries, especially in emergency settings, focused on a wide range of MHPSS management programmatic areas. Marcio is a team member.



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