Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders

Michele Rumsey

Dear Colleagues,

I am glad to inform you about this FREE online course and certificate - Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders , developed to support the mental health and wellbeing of first responders in the region by further developing a set of basic psychosocial skills in response to COVID-19. We hope the course will provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of first responders in the region.


“The training is timely and important during this time. We need to have more of this training”

This FREE course has been adapted from the IASC Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 First Responders Guide, in collaboration with the World Health Organization Pacific Working Group.


“Thank you so much. I enjoyed the course and I would like to say that the course's instructional design was exceptional. Congratulations to the team!”

We had over 600 participants in the first  few weeks from across the world.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact with the Centre  whocc@...


Basic Psychosocial Skills: Training for COVID-19 Responders 

The Basic Psychosocial Skills online Training is a FREE program for those affected by the pandemic designed to build resilience and mental health wellbeing for first responders and frontline health staff.  


The FREE online course: 

  1. Focuses on personal well-being 
  2. Explores supportive communication in everyday interactions 
  3. Provides a practical framework to enable first responders to support others to problem-solve and make healthy decisions 
  4. Examines how to recognise emotional patterns and provide support to individuals 
  5. Provides a certificate on completion 

View a detailed video on how to sign up: 

Enrol for this FREE online course: here 

Read instructions on how to sign up:  

Read more about the basic psychosocial skills course:  

You will need an email account to register and log in for the online course. 


For more information and full Power Point with facilitation notes, please contact michele.rumsey@... 



   Which Brower is better to use for this course?

   It is recommended to use Google Chrome for this online course.


   How many resources are provided in the Basic Psychosocial Skills training program? 

   The program provides 3 resources. Guidance report, short online course
presentation with facilitation notes. 


   How many languages is the guidance offered in? 

   While the online course is only in English, the guidance report is provided in 28 languages.  


   Is the online course time-bound? 

   No. The online course is self-paced and takes an average of 3 hours to complete with a short quiz
   and a certificate awarded.  





Michele Rumsey FACN

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development,

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health
University of Technology Sydney
M. +61 417933519 PNG M.
+675 7433 8851 SPCNMOA:

WHO CC UTS: @whoccmichele

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