Pre-Conference Workshop #5 - July 28 (9am - 3pm)

Ethical Framework for Global Mental Health

Elena Cherepanov, PhD, LMHC, Certified Trauma Specialist, Boston, MA

When mental health specialists respond to global emergencies, they face unique professional challenges and moral conundrums. Serving the most vulnerable and traumatized populations calls for the highest standards of practice and places special demands on making independent, competent and responsible decisions. In a situation with no good solutions, the humanitarian values and strategic guidelines for psychosocial intervention can provide an auxiliary, broader frame of reference and operational guidance. The 6 hours’ workshop is divided into four parts. It begins with examining the history of global mental health as a quest for consistency and professional standards in the humanitarian context. After learning about the ground values of humanitarian action, the participants will discuss how they are applied to global mental health. In the third part, the participants will use the operational guidelines recommended by Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC, 2007) to practice navigating ethical challenges in psychosocial interventions. The fourth part will be dedicated to the issues of safety, self-care and self-awareness in global mental health work.


Cherepanov, E. (2017). Ethics for global mental health specialists. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, 15(1), 17-33.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement [IFRC]. (1965). The fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Retrieved from:

Inter-Agency Standing Committee [IASC]. (2005). IASC guidelines for gender-based violence interventions in humanitarian settings. Geneva: IASC.

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