Through our resilience consulting offerings, we work to support leadership and staff of aid organizations as they evolve away from relying on outside help for stress management training and psychosocial care. We partner with agencies as they strive to develop internal expertise by providing access to our programmatic content, working to ensure that the integrity of delivery is maintained.
In addition to providing practical support to aid workers currently in the field, the CBR project is also focused on creating large-scale changes across the aid industry.
We work with leadership and human resource departments at individual agencies to create policy and practical programs to change the pervasive "martyr culture" that is often endemic to the aid community. Through our advocacy, we encourage open dialogue on issues around mental health and burnout amongst aid workers.
In 2018, we have expanded our advocacy work to include a testimonial gathering project. By interviewing current and former aid workers, we are working to harness the power of narrative and storytelling to effect systemic change in the aid industry.
Additionally, members of our team have presented at and participated in global events, including:
- The World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul
- Organizational Resilience: HR at the Frontline, Barcelona
- United Nations Staff Day, UN Headquarters, Jordan
- Conference on Staff Care in Fragile Contexts, Jordan
Understanding that the most effective advocacy combines personal stories with data-rich evidence, the CBR Project engages in research partnerships to establish proof of concept for the effectiveness of our approach.
There is already a great deal of evidence for the effectiveness of individual elements of our combined curriculum of psychological education and support, mindfulness mediation and mindful movement. However, we are interested in further demonstrating the value of our approach to combining these elements, along with a supportive peer environment which addresses stigma head on.
To achieve this, we are working on data collection and analysis both with partner NGOs and with Anthony King, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Research, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Michigan University.