Direct Humanitarian Services

Treatment, Self-Help, Resilience Building, and Empowerment


< Disaster Health Care Field Clinics >

Direct treatment field clinics providing emergency psychosocial and medical services to refugees at various sites in Jordan, while also providing supervised practical field experience for trainees in the Social Health Care training program. ….

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< Pilot Service Projects >

The central mission of CBI’s Social Health Care program is local capacity building through training new service providers and strengthening existing local service NGOs. As such it develops and operates community-based, wholistic psychosocial services as pilot projects to:

1) Provide direct psychosocial treatment services to individuals and communities experiencing profound trauma and psycho-emotional suffering,
2) Model and demonstrate treatment approaches and methods,
3) Provide practical field experience and supervision for trainees in the use of learned skills, and
4) Demonstrate effective community-based service delivery models that can be established, operated, sustained, and replicated in conditions where:

  • there are large at-risk populations experiencing overwhelming hardship and suffering, including pervasive trauma, upheavel, and loss,
  • the human service infrastructure is either significantly under developed or severely compromised due to war, catastrophe, or turmoil, and
  • there are scarce material and skill resources.


Center for Healing and Renewal

A community-based residential service offering a broad range of activities housed within a positive, stable residential center for 40 families made up of Syrian refugee widows and their children. The goal is to provide a secure environment for healing and prepare individuals and families for recovery and moving forward with their lives through promoting empowerment, independence, and a self-help community.

Building management staff are provided with basic support and intervention skills training and English lessons to increase their ability to support residents and communicate with visiting clinical team members.
The service model is designed to be holistic and whole-person in addressing essential multifaceted and inter-linked needs of the individual and community, and to be a project that can be replicated, portable, scalable, and operate in situations where there are scarce resources.

Common Bond Institute partners with Michigan State University and the International Humanistic Psychology Association on this program.

Location:  Amman, Jordan

Service Recipients:
A community of 40 families composed of Syrian Refugee widows and their children housed in an apartment building completely dedicated to this population, and managed by supportive staff 24/7.

Need areas addressed:

1) Safe and adequate quality housing in a positive, supportive environment,
2) Psychosocial treatment: child, individual, and family treatment
3) Women’s Support group

4) Coping, self-help, and daily living skills training
5) Community rebuilding, resilience, and empowerment:
     Preparation as a “self-help community,” including training selected
residents as peer aides.

6) Basic intervention and support skills training for apartment staff
7) English as a 2nd language
Under Development:
7) Medical and Dental treatment
8) Educational, (basic education for children)
9) Vocational and Small Business training, and Employment preparation
for women and teenager heads of household.

(Updated Details To Be Posted)



Women’s Safe Space Project

A community-based day psychosocial day service project where vulnerable refugee women and girls can feel secure, comfortable, and nurtured in receiving psycho-social support, healthcare services, and basic personal needs, and where they can acquire skills to regain their dignity and confidence to help them heal and cope with their traumatic experiences to successfully recover.  It provides a consistently available and inviting place for women and young girls to come together whenever they are feeling vulnerable or need guidance and support from psychosocial service staff, aid workers, and volunteers, and where they can regularly interact with and support each other as a mutual support system

Services The Project Is Created To Provide Include:

  • Trauma recovery treatment to heal the effects of psycho-emotional trauma,
  • Parenting skills support for mothers to help combat psychosocial challenges related to child care and protecting teenage daughters,
  • Building self-esteem, empowerment, and resilience, along with mental and physical strength through:
    • Supportive counseling.
    • Coping and personal empowerment skills training.
    • Educational and vocational skills support.
    • Education and materials on women’s health issues.
    • Support for new mothers through newborn care and feeding techniques, nutritional awareness for Pregnant/lactating women, and distribution of prenatal and infant vitamins and supplements.
    • Physical exercise.
    • Craft and creative activities.
    • Mutual social support

Culturally Adapted Coping and Personal Empowerment Skills Training is provided by our international and local pool of expert trainers, both on-site and through live virtual classes. Examples are:

  • Stress and mood management.
  • Nonviolent communications.
  • Interpersonal relationship communications.
  • Assertive problem solving and decision making.
  • Effective parenting in stressful situations.
  • Self-help and self-advocacy.
  • Peer support.

Examples of Educational and Vocational Support are:

  • Classes in basic academics, and English as a 2nd language
  • Classes in vocational skills, employment preparation, and micro-enterprise operation.

Through the combination of these support services the project works to:

  • Reduce stress, depression, fear, and despair, and aid in healing trauma and loss.
  • Reduce trauma symptoms in children.
  • Reduce incidences of exploitation and abuse.
  • Reduce high rates of c-sections and miscarriages, malnutrition, exhaustion, excessive stress, and poor self-care in pregnant women and new mothers, and ensure good health for them and their babies.
  • Build self-esteem, personal empowerment, dignity, and resilience among women and girls.

As another benefit to the NGOs and those they serve, NGO staff are offered free certified psychosocial skills training to bolster their overall skill level and service capacity to ensure a permanent and expanding investment in the local human service system struggling to address the massive needs in Jordan

The 1st Women’s Safe Space was established in October, 2017 in partnership with Family and Children’s Protection Society in Irbid, Jordan, which is hosting the site.
CBI and IHPA are preparing to expand on and replicate this project at other locations in Jordan to be accessible to more women and girls.



Youth and Community Resilience Building

Nature, Renewal, and Self-confidence

To help bolster and nourish the internal resources and capacity for healing of refugee children, their families, and the community in general, this project provides beneficial and nourishing experiences of nature, recreation, joy, cultural cohesiveness, celebration, and self-confidence in support of our trauma treatment services through organizing and conducting activities that include:

1) Group Nature Excursions to nearby reserves and wild life refuges

2) Recreational Activities at municipal parks, gardens, playgrounds, and sports fields.

3) Community Social-Cultural Events at these public sites geared to children and adolescents, such as concerts, picnics, dances, clown performances, face painting, etc.
These community events are also used as opportunities to provide parents with information on simple techniques for assisting and comforting children when exhibiting symptoms of trauma at home, such as night terrors and panic attacks, in school, etc.

4) Recreational activities and materials in their neighborhoods and at their residents.

5) Self-Help Skills Training for children utilizing games, sports, and expressive arts.



Trauma-Informed Educational Recovery Project

For Syrian Refugee Students

Student and School Support: 

  • Assisting students in obtaining needed school tuition, materials, and supplies
  • Assisting schools serving refugees in obtaining needed materials and supplies

Coping/Resilience Building: 

  • Stress management, self soothing, and non-violent communication skills training for students
  • Trauma informed training for school teachers and administrators in trauma symptoms and basic supportive responses

English as a 2nd Language:

  • ESL training to allow students and teachers access to English-based educational resource materials and on-line classes, and to communicate more effectively with English-based humanitarian aid services.

(Future Planned Service):

Academic Tutoring to assist students in reaching age appropriate grade levels after not having access to formal educations for years.


Planned Projects:


Economic Empowerment Project

For Syrian Refugee Mothers, Widows, and Adolescents

Capacity-building to strengthen and economically empower Syrian refugee women and adolescent heads of household and their families to increase independence, self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and dignity

The Need:
More than 7 years into the Syrian civil war, the Syrian refugee crisis accounts for the largest and fastest growing displacement of peoples in the world. The situation is especially dire for women and children languishing in host countries with increasingly uncertain futures.

–  More than three quarters of Syrian refugees are women and children who are highly dependent on outside aid for their daily survival and ill prepared for future independence and self-sufficiency.
–  At the same time, due to their being in the fighting, in prison, disabled, or dead, husbands, fathers and other adult male role models are significantly absent in a traditional society where the male head of household plays a pivotal role representing the family outside the home as the primary bread-winner and protector.
–  In this absence of men, women and older siblings now find themselves the sole heads of household in 4 out of 5 refugee families, and taking on the role of primary provider and advocate in a now uncertain daily life for them and those they care for as they struggle for basic resources to survive, with little possibility in sight for moving into independence. In a large percent of these cases this change in their family structure is permanent.
  Women in traditional Syrian society have most typically taken on the customary role of homemaker and mother, with little or no formal vocational training or experience working outside the home.
–  After being forced to be out of formal schooling for now several years, older adolescents who have aged out of the regular school system find it difficult or impossible to qualify for higher academic education, vocational training, or skilled employment.
–  As these widows, mothers, and older siblings are taking on primary responsibility for their families well-being they are significantly hindered by a compounding combination of
profound loss and psycho-emotional trauma,

  • lack of independent means of financial support,
  • lack of marketable vocational skills outside the home,
  • lack of experience in being the primary financial providers,
  • being fully occupied as the primary day to day care giver for young children, many who suffer from psychosocial disorders due to the war and violence.

–  With more than 1 ½ million documented and undocumented Syrian refugees languishing in Jordan and placing unprecedented strain on the overstretched resources of an already poor country, it is expected that the current amount of aid can not be increased, and in fact there is the high risk that even this minimal level of aid will decline, and along with it the hopes of recovery.

As a result these families are increasingly overwhelmed with insecurity, at risk of decreased livelihood and health, and highly vulnerable to exploitation.

A Pilot Demonstration Project that can be replicated, sustained, and scaled up by local humanitarian aid NGOs to service more refugees.

Empowering vulnerable refugee heads of household with the means to care for the economic, health, and security needs of their families and move forward to a confident and hopeful future.

Free training and support for:

  • Personal coping skills,
  • Marketable vocational skills and employment preparation, and
  • Small business/micro-enterprise/cottage industry start-up

Recipients for this pilot project are heads of 40 refugee families sheltered at a residential facility in Amman, Jordan where CBI and IHPA operate psychosocial services. Skills are designed to be acquired through home-based learning.

The project is in cooperation with local and international NGO partner organizations, and designed to be replicated, scaled up, and sustained by local partners to benefit increasing numbers of refugee families.

Home-Based And On-Line Training In These Areas:

1) Self-help Coping and Personal Development Skills
Provided to participants on-site and virtually to strengthen and build resilience emotionally, psychologically, and behaviorally to more effectively manage their day to day lives: * Stress and mood management, * Nonviolent Communication (NVC), * Assertive problem solving and decision making, * Parenting in crisis situations, * Conflict resolution.

2) Vocational Skills and Employment preparation:
     Examples include:

  • Technical skills: Web design, Data base management, Graphic design, Computer and
    web Technical support, Internet marketing
  • Community Aid Worker: certified training in leadership and para-professional counseling
    and advocacy to qualify for paid positions as aid workers and advocates within humanitarian aid NGOs serving their community.
  • Trade Vocations offered through enrollment in vocational training programs the Queen Rania Center For Jordanian
    Studies and Community Service.

3) Small Business / Micro-enterprise / Cottage Industry:
Designing, establishing, marketing, operating, managing, and growing a viable business.
Examples are web-based E-services and E-commerce, and Coops.
Follow-up guidance and mentoring by volunteer business consultants.

Verified documentation of training is provided through CBI, IHPA, and it’s partnering organizations.

Supporting services for the above trainings:

  • English as 2nd language training:
  • Access to initial technology for starting a web-based business
  • Limited micro loans and grants, and in-kind resources support for business start-up.




to Support These Critical Healing  Services

Make a Tax Deductible Contribution in support of providing these critical services to refugees through our 501(c)3 nonprofit partner organization: International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)

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