The diploma is offered by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) in collaboration with the Psychology unit of the SAPE department.
Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate diploma in - Psychosocial Intervention for forced migrants and refuges should have an undergraduate degree of high standing (no less than a GPA of 3.00) within the field of humanities and/or Social Sciences and meet the university’s language proficiency exam. Pre-requisites may be assigned, depending on the student’s academic background. Students with related work, research or volunteer experience will be given priority.
Applicants must display through a written personal statement in their applications the following traits: leadership, compassion, cultural sensitivity, social responsibility, emotional maturity, good mental health, and ethical standards. Recommendation letters will be required.
Graduates of this new specialized diploma will acquire core competencies that qualify them to think critically and analytically about migration and refugee issues and plan and implement holistic culturally sensitive interventions that minimize or alleviate the psychosocial issues affecting forced migrants and refugees at individual, family, group, community and societal levels. They will learn to plan, manage and implement state-of-the-art interventions that make an impact on the psychosocial well-being of refugee adults and children without discrimination due to ethnicity, gender, religion or capacities. These interventions can be implemented during and after emergencies in urban, rural or camp locations. They will include but not be limited to the provision of humanitarian relief that supports human rights and dignity, provision of basic psychological first aid and psychosocial support, facilitation of psycho-education and support for families and groups, community and child focused activities in support of psychosocial well-being, advocacy, referral, protection, psycho-education and peace building.
The specialized graduate diploma in applied psychosocial intervention requires the successful completion of 7 courses. These include five required core courses plus two elective courses. All students must take MRS/SOC 507 Introduction to Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, PSYC/MRS 512 Psychosocial Issues in Forced Migration, PSYC 502 Systems Approaches: Frameworks for Research and Practice, MRS 514 Applied Psychosocial Interventions for Forced Migration and Refugee Issues, and MRS 513 Practicum in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. The two electives can be selected based on student interests with at least one to be chosen from Psychology.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Intervention can be finished in one year of full time study or two years of part-time study. It does not require the completion of a thesis. Students who finish the diploma can develop it into an MA by taking the MA required courses and completing a thesis.
On the other hand, following completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Intervention for forced migrant and refugees, if a student wants to undertake the FMRS Diploma in refugee studies, he/she will need to take one or two courses only of the four core courses depending on the electives taken in the psychosocial diploma plus two electives of the FMRS diploma.