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
- Tool Kits
- 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.
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.
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.
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)
- intercultural communication
- 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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