Professional psychosocial care in shelter facilities in Afghanistan

Traditional Afghan society provides very little room for women and girls to escape conflict that leads to domestic violence or worse in families. Both female and male Psychosocial Counselors trained by Ipso provide counseling and mediation services at 22 Women Protection Centers and 21 Family Guidance Centers in 18 Afghan provinces and at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of sheltered women, girls and their families. Project activities include face-to-face Value Based Counseling, mediation in family conflicts, raising awareness of mental health issues and psychosocial stressors in the provinces of Badakhshan, Badghis, Balkh, Bamyan, Farah, Faryab, Ghor, Herat, Jawzjan, Kabul, Kapisa, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Parwan, and Sar-e-Pol.