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WHO: Understanding and Managing Fear - Training for humanitarian workers in emergencies

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Published on Aug 24, 2017

This technical video was specifically developed as part of a training package to help health professionals and response staff prepare to engage and communicate with Ebola-affected communities. The video, a contribution to EVD efforts by Dr Daniel Siegel, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute and Clinical Professor UCLA School of Medicine, draws upon multiple disciplines to understand the science of the mind. Dr Siegel explains in an engaging and accessible way the workings of the human mind and how fear influences biological, physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses. Dr Siegel underlines the importance this kind knowledge for health professionals to promote connectivity and build trust with individuals, families and communities who are experiencing fear.

Although the video focuses on Ebola, the content will be useful for professionals working in other emergency settings.

The one-day training programme piloted in Sierra Leone is also available in pdf format from WHO.

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