The two day the event provided a strategic moment to bring together key stakeholders engaged with psychosocial support programming for children and youth affected by the Syria and Iraq crises.

Keynote speakers, panel discussions and interactive workshops shared research, highlighted the need and importance of psychosocial support interventions and showcased proven and promising psychosocial support practices from across the region. Powerpoint presentations from the summit can be found by clicking on the presenter's name in blue. 

The themes that were explored and addressed throughout the summit include:


KEY THEMES:

  • Strengthening the evidence base around psychosocial support programming
  • Moving towards more scalable psychosocial support interventions
  • Exploring the experiences and psychosocial needs of children and youth exposed to violence in situations of armed conflicts
  • Strengthening national systems – investing in the psychosocial well-being of children and youth
  • Collaborating with local actors


SUB THEMES:

  • Addressing heightened Child Protection risks in conflict settings to promote psychosocial wellbeing
  • Making psychosocial support programming more inclusive
  • Working with other sectors: learning from the Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative

AGENDA

DAy one - 22 nov

10.00 - REGISTRATION, SIGN UP FOR SMALL GROUP SESSIONS & MARKETPLACE

Started the summit with a coffee, signed up for the small group session of personal choice and networked with marketplace holders, speakers and other attendees.

11.00 - OFFICIAL OPENING & WELCOME - Mark Chapple, Head of No Lost Generation, World Vision, Su'ad Jarbawi, Regional Director for the Middle East, Mercy Corps

11.15 - OPENING REMARKS - H.E. Mrs. Hala Lattouf, Jordan Ministry of Social Development

11.25 - FRAMING THE ISSUE - Dr. Marcia Brophy, Regional Senior Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Advisor, Save the Children International, Wesam Sabaaneh, Director, Jafra Foundation

11.45 - PANEL: Strengthening the evidence base around psychosocial support programming - 

Ken Miller, War Child: Caregiver Intervention  

Felicity Brown, War Child: Promoting Resilience Among Children Growing Up In Conflict

Catherine Panter-Brick, Yale University: Strengthening The Evidence Base

Moderator: Noura Shahed, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Mercy Corps

1.00 - LUNCH & MARKETPLACE

2.00 - PANEL: Collaborating with local actors - 

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, Head Middle East Unit - Centre for Advancement of Humanitarian Medicine, MSF Spain

Reem Abu Kishek, Senior Technical Specialist, Fhi360 - CIS

Dr. Noor Amawi, Psychosocial Programs Manager, Syrian American Medical Society

Wesam Sabaaneh, Director, Jafra Foundation

Maysaa Hamadi, Capacity Development Adviser, Mercy Corps Syria

Moderator: Rima Afifi, Professor at University of Iowa College of Public Health

3.15 - COFFEE BREAK & MARKETPLACE

3.45 - BREAKOUT SMALL GROUP SESSIONS - Simultaneous small group sessions will provide an opportunity to engage and discuss special interest areas or participate and experience a PSS activity

● Using cartoons and entertainment to teach life skills, civic education and provide PSS
● Capoeira: Using the Brazilian-based art form of movement, music and theatre for psychosocial support
●  Addressing heightened Child Protection risks in conflict settings to promote psychosocial wellbeing
● Life Skills and Citizenship Education Initiative – Cross-sector Approaches
● War Child Holland - Making Psychosocial Support Programming More Inclusive

5.00 - WRAP UP, REFLECTIONS AND REMINDERS - Catherine Barnett, No Lost Generation Advisor, UNICEF


DAY TWO - 23 NOV

8.30 - REGISTRATION & MARKETPLACE - Sign up for the small group session of your choice and network with marketplace holders, speakers and other attendees.

9.00 - OPENING – INTRODUCTION TO DAY TWO

9.05 - PANEL: Moving towards more scalable psychological and psychosocial support interventions - 

Dr Ken Carswell, World Health Organisation: Moving Towards More Scalable Psychological and Psychosocial Support Interventions

Dr. Michelle Engels, International Medical Corps: Scaling Up Psychological Interventions With Syrian Refugees

Dr Yousef Mohammad Shahin, UNRWA: Integrating Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Protection into UNRWA's Primary Health Care

Moderator: Ken Miller, Senior Psychosocial Advisor, War Child

10.20 COFFEE BREAK & MARKETPLACE

10.50 - PANEL: Strengthening national systems – investing in the psychosocial well-being of children & youth - 

Mazen Aboulhosn, International Organisation for Migration: Experience Of Working With National Systems In Turkey and Lebanon

Dr. Ahmad Bawaneh, International Medical Corps: Investing In The Psychological Wellbeing of Children and Youth

Dr. Rabih El Chammay, Head of the National Mental Health Programme, Ministry of Public Health Lebanon

Moderator: Claire Whitney, Regional Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor, International Medical Corps

12.20 - BREAKOUT SMALL GROUP SESSIONS

Simultaneous small group sessions will provide an opportunity to engage and discuss special interest areas or participate and experience a PSS activity.

● Building and evidence base around psychosocial support programming
● IMCs Youth Empowerment Program – Cross-sector Approaches
● Mercy Corps – Profound Stress and Attunement: Understanding the impact of Long-term stress on the Emotional Brain
● We Love Reading – A Path to Building Resilience Among Refugees
● Syrian Wellbeing Collective - Selfcare Awareness Raising Campaign Communication Tools & Materials

13.30 - LUNCH

14.30 - PANEL: Exploring the experiences & psychosocial needs of children & youth exposed to violence in situations of armed conflicts  - 

Marcia Brophy, Save the Children: Current PSS Needs In The ME Region

Lydia Wilson, Research Fellow at Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, University of Oxford

Salah Sedeeq Barzngy, Country Director, Heartland Alliance International - Iraq Program

Aboud Hijazi, Project Coordinator, Adventure Specialist

Moderator: Isabella Castrogiovanni, Regional Child Protection Advisor, UNICEF

15.45 - COFFEE BREAK

16.15 - WRAP UP AND REFLECTIONS - Catherine Barnett, No Lost Generation Lead, UNICEF

PERFORMANCE - Turning Tables – Empowering marginalised youth through music and film

17.00 - CLOSE