Operationalising Psychosocial Support in Crisis

Operationalising Psychosocial Support in Crisis

Welcome to COMPASS (prev. OPSIC project)

COMPASS Foundation coming soon

The OPSIC project ends on 31 January 2016. A foundation, which will continue the work of the project is being set up. The COMPASS Foundation is expected to be launched in March 2016.

Emergencies brought about by natural or man-made disasters can seriously affect entire populations, with long-term psychosocial consequences impacting survivors as well as helpers for years to come. Providing psychosocial support to the affected population can alleviate suffering and help the healing and recovery process.

Over the last 20 years, psychosocial support has played an increasing role in emergency response and a number of high-quality guidelines and best-practice studies have been created. However, these have never been brought together in an easy-to-use, comprehensive guideline, which covers all target groups, along with all phases and different types of disasters.



Current project activities

On 31 January 2016 the OPSIC project closes, but the work does not end. The journey started with an idea more than five years ago, and for the past three years the OPSIC partners have worked intensely to see the ideas come to fruition. The next step is the formation of the COMPASS Foundation, which will develop and maintain COMPASS and its knowledge base and work towards a sustainable, non-profit business model, which can take COMPASS further and make it available in tailored versions to interested organizations.

Setting up the COMPASS Foundation

In February and March 2016 the OPSIC consortium partners are setting up the "COMPASS Foundation". The COMPASS Foundation will develop and maintain COMPASS and its knowledge base and work towards a sustainable, non-profit business model, which can take COMPASS further and make it available in tailored versions to interested organizations.