Asia Pacific Alliance – Sri Lanka

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Psychosocial Response in Disaster Rescue – A workshop to enhance rescuers and first responders.

Psychosocial Response in Disaster Rescue – A workshop to enhance rescuers and first responders.

Feb 20, 2018

The Search and Rescue team of A-PAD Sri Lanka participated in a workshop focusing on “Psychosocial Response in Disaster Rescue” facilitated by Ms Priyanjali De Soyza, Professor in Clinical Psychology attached to the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The forum addressed psychosocial insight to A-PAD Sri Lanka’s rescue team, specifically as first responders play a key and vital role engaging the shocked victims. The team comprising of extreme-sports companies, private sector stakeholders and individuals participated in learning the key concept and practical scenario sharing. Significant emphasis was laid on the need for first responders to be aware of the psycho social aspects of affected communities and also that of the rescuer and responders themselves. Ground realities faced by various members were a value addition in terms of the do’s and don’ts during rescue missions. A-PAD will continue to promote professionalism to teams and volunteers engaging in humanitarian response.

Mr. Anushka Ranasinghe (IRONMAN 4X4) clarifying his doubt during the workshop.
Dr. Priyanjali De Soyza conducting the workshop.
Handing over of certificates to participants by Mr. Chathura Liyanarchchi – DMC
Participants from SVERT engaged in the workshop.