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The overall objective of PsyCris Project is to improve psycho-social support in crisis management within the European Union.

PsyCris is funded as a part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) by the European Commission with an overall budget of 3 827 525,79€. The duration of the project (No. 312395) will be 36 months starting on July 1st 2013.

General information regarding the project:

  • Main Goals
  • Partners
  • Tool Kits
  • Research
  • Abstract

Main Goals

  • Status quo analysis of psychological and medical support in crises in European countries
  • Improvement of support strategies for victims, affected individuals and crisis managers
  • Enhancement of psycho-medical preparedness for major incidents (contingency planning)
  • Development of interventions to deal with stress and reduce stress related disorders of crisis management personnel and authorities
  • Providing efficient self-help strategies to communities affected by crises
  • Investigation of long-term psycho-social, societal and cultural impact of crises

The concrete goals are described within the particular Work Packages.
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The 11 partners of the consortium comprise universities, research centres, public bodies, small / medium enterprises and stakeholder / end-user organisations from Germany, Spain, Israel, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Austria.

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Tool Kits

As its main product, the project will provide a set of tool kits enabling:

  • efficient handling of relevant data
  • transfer of knowledge and practical competences relevant for crisis management, stress control and social support
  • rapid decision-making in concrete crises

The tool kits are integrated within a computerised knowledge system combining e-learning and face-to-face teaching.

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Research and development are based on a multi-disciplinary approach including methods from different areas:

  • psychology (e.g. stress management, human resources management, psycho-trauma intervention)
  • education sciences (e.g. knowledge management)
  • informatics (e.g. decision making heuristics, new technologies, web 2.0, social software)
  • engineering
  • intercultural communication
  • sociology
  • health sciences

Current and possible changes in society, health systems and climate as well as cross-cultural and gender aspects are carefully considered. PsyCris will propose guidelines for preparedness, prevention and intervention for crises.

The results will have a significant impact on public health, community resilience, international cooperation and cost containment.

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The original version of the abstract can be seen on the following link.