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Provision of Psychosocial Support and Substance Abuse Prevention Support to Refugees from Bhutan

This psychosocial and substance abuse prevention project, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is targeted at the Bhutanese refugees living in Jhapa and Morang. Its objective is to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of the refugees. To meet this objective, psychosocial counseling of the refugees including individual, family and group counseling have been implemented along with psychosocial training to the community members.

Since 2011, approximately 1500 refugees have received individual psychosocial counseling and more than 25,000 have benefitted from group intervention programs.

Till now, 731 community members have completed their psychosocial intervention training. This includes 88 people who have completed six month training on psychosocial counseling and another 170 who have completed their one month basic psychosocial training. 145 people have completed their 12 day Classroom Based Intervention training (CBI) targeting children’s psychosocial wellbeing and another 80 people have completed their 5 day Community Psychosocial Worker Training (CPSW).