Standing Committee Crisis,
Disaster and Trauma Psychology
May 15, 2020
25 members of the Standing Committee Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology representing 21 countries met in a special meeting on the psychosocial consequences of the Corona virus pandemic outbreak.
Updates were given on the situation in Norway, Denmark, Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, Luxembourg, Albania, Cyprus, Ukraine, Iceland, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia, Austria, Russia, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Important issues were discussed like: learning working online in psychosocial support, preparing post-crisis aftercare, the influence of the political situation, the number of affected health care workers, the media attention for the psychosocial consequence of this virus outbreak and the measures taken, the voluntary work of psychologists, the increase of domestic violence, the information material which has been developed for the general public and special target groups.
Presentations were given on the psychological consequences for families and children, and the specific role of psychologists during the crisis. A model for organisations was presented on dealing with risks, giving organisations guidance how to help employees returning to work, depending on the needs. The organisation of the public health on the national and local level, and the measures taken on a national level and the challenges it brings with it.