Qatar Red Crescent Holds Training Course for HMC Social Workers

Doha, May 24 (QNA) – Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) held a Psychological Support in Disasters course for the staff of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Social Services, to develop their knowledge and skills regarding how to deal with traumas and apply the best practices in response to emergencies such as fires, accidents, etc.

The course was delivered by Dr Mamoun Mobayed, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Social Rehabilitation Center (Al-Aween). It comprised a couple of workshops of two days each.

Welcoming participants, QRC Secretary-General Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohannadi said the event was a great opportunity to share experience and capacity building under the successful QRC-HMC relations, which will hopefully continue in favor of all Qatar society members, by the establishment of a comprehensive popular disaster management culture.

HMC Assistant Director Social Services Hayfa Al-Hajri stated, “This is not the first instance of HMC-QRC cooperation. Some of our medical social workers participated in QRC’s Disaster Management Camp, and they showed higher performance in crises, which encouraged us to procure more courses from QRC.”
Al-Hajri unveiled plans to engage some HMC medical social workers as QRC volunteers, motivated by a firm belief in community partnership and the significance of social work in people’s lives.

Dr Mobayed pointed out, “We have trained a group of HMC medical social workers in how to provide what is known as psychological first aid following seriously distressing experiences, both to the victims and their families, to help them overcome the negative consequences.”
“Typically,” the instructor noted, “physical injuries receive due care, while psychological effects are least attended to, which can weigh unfavorably on the individual for decades. So, in traumatic circumstances, the psychological aspect is of utmost importance, and I can tell for sure that QRC is at the forefront of psychological support efforts across the region.”
The participants valued the considerable benefits of the course for them as psychological support providers. They were introduced to examples of disasters from different countries to identify the intervention mechanism for each type of emergency.

The course syllabus involved practice through imaginary scenarios implemented by QRC volunteers. Trainees were divided into small groups, with each group required to employ the best techniques of handling the case at hand, calming and ‘de-traumatizing’ the victim, and controlling the reactions of those present at the scene, so that the paramedics can treat the injury properly. (QNA)

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