GPN is a global network of professionals who provide psychosocial support for other professionals and volunteers engaged in humanitarian, organizational, and activist work in conflict and disaster zones.
In multiple conflict and disaster zones across the globe, professionals and volunteers are addressing the needs of, or reporting on, traumatized populations and refugees. These human rights workers, activists, journalists, doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, social workers, researchers, and volunteers live in the same violent contexts as the populations they serve.
Despite their efforts to help others, workers in conflict and disaster zones often find themselves without support of their own. Sometimes, they are hesitant to seek local services for professional and/or personal reasons. At other times, adequate support is unavailable.
GPN is a network of global providers who offer low-cost, need-based psychosocial care to other professionals and volunteers, across the globe. We aim to recruit providers who have experience working with traumatized persons and/or conditions of adversity stemming from extreme poverty, war, occupation, local conflict, or disaster and/or the stresses imposed on local economies and organizations from these conditions.
The psychosocial services we will offer include (but are not limited to):
- Organizational and staff support
- Research and evaluation
Some GPN services are internet- and telephone-based. We offer recommendations for those who want to enhance the privacy/security of their internet communications.
We recognize that not all workers living in conflict zones have access to the telephone and internet. While we do not currently offer offline services, we hope to expand our resources to include a database of local providers at specific locations.
Feedback about providers: We aspire to select providers with high levels of expertise in the services they offer and populations they serve. GPN is a network of providers located all over the globe; our providers have varying qualifications depending on their locations and the populations they serve. You have a right to ask questions about your provider’s qualifications and experience prior to working with them. We have close personal contact with our providers but do not meet all of our providers in person; therefore, your feedback is crucial to maintaining the highest quality services. If you have any questions or concerns about a GPN provider, please do not hesitate to email us by clicking here.
Potential providers: We welcome email inquiries from experienced clinicians and counselors who would like to discuss becoming a part of the GPN provider network. We seek providers with extensive knowledge in working with post and continuous trauma, expertise in treating vicarious traumatization, and commitment to the ethics of psychosocial and community psychology modes of engaging cross-culturally. In addition, we expect providers to be well-versed in the international human rights protocols listed under “required readings” here.
Existing organizations: We also hope to establish relationships with existing organizations in the field in order to build collaborative networks for learning, training, and providing services. If you work with an organization that conducts similar work, please feel free to contact us.
GPN is an initiative of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)*.
We are in the development/pilot phase of our project, and the content of this website is provisional.
*PsySR assumes no risk or liability associated with GPN.