Our advocacy takes the form of meetings with leadership and HR departments of individual agencies. This work has now evolved into formal consulting engagements, working with leadership of NGOs and donors to create policy and practical programs to change the pervasive "martyr culture" and encourage open discussion of the issues around burnout and mental health that are still endemic in the aid industry.
Our consulting offering involves giving leadership and staff access to the content of our training programs, and working with them to ensure the integrity of delivery is maintained - a significant challenge as agencies work to grow internal expertise and evolve away from relying on outside help for stress management training and psychosocial care.
As well as providing practical support to aid workers in the field today through our programs, the CBR Project is also focused on creating change at scale across the aid industry.
In 2018, our approach to Advocacy has taken an increasingly prominent role in our work. Our efforts focus around a testimonial gathering project, interviewing current and former aid workers in what will be an exciting attempt to harness the power of narrative and story telling.
Additionally, we work through speaking engagements and participation 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 partnership to estbalish 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 meditaion and mindful movement. However, we are interested to further demonstrate 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, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Michigan University.