About

The Humanitarian provides psychological support services for organizations and personnel undertaking humanitarian focused work.

The Humanitarian’s clients are mainly international humanitarian workers and managers of organizations who are responsible for the deployment of personnel overseas.  Australian organizations and staff who work alongside humanitarian front line workers (such as emergency, military and remotely based staff) also access The Humanitarian’s psychological support services from time to time.

A range of integrated psychological services including deployment and post-deployment support, staff care systems support; workshops & tailored training; coaching & facilitation services and support with recruitment & induction processes are designed to enhance resiliency & wellbeing and to assist the adjustment and adaptation responses associated with working in an humanitarian environment.  Confidential psychotherapy and counselling services that help mitigate the inevitable personal and sometimes traumatic impact and challenges of both working in the humanitarian context and of returning to or integrating the values and stresses of a material world environment are also offered.

Dragonfly

The dragonfly is the emblem of The Humanitarian.

Dragonflies are considered to be symbols of change, adaptability and transformation. Dragonflies are adept at adapting to changing environments.

They spend many years in their development and only fly for a fraction of their life.

Sight is their great strength – the capacity to look beyond the limits of what others see. Their wings represent the duality that is required to exist and transition between significantly contrasting humanities.

The Humanitarian is owned and operated by Amanda Allan (MAPS), an Australian registered psychologist and the primary provider of The Humanitarian’s services.

Amanda has undertaken research and consulted and conducted training related to humanitarian staff support in Australia and internationally (Banda Aceh, Myanmar, South Sudan, Bosnia, Vanuatu and Thailand) over the past 18 years.

A member of Médecins Sans Frontières, Amanda has a special interest in the adjustment challenges faced by medical workers who work in theatres of humanitarian action overseas, this being the subject of her long suffering PhD being undertaken at the University of Melbourne. Amanda is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and both the Australian and International EMDR associations.

Founder of the Mandala Foundation, Amanda led its development and growth as not-for-profit service for international aid agencies and their personnel from 2003-2012.

Amanda continues to advocate for a systemic approach to psychological and psycho-social support of humanitarian workers that is integrated into existing management and HR systems of organizations. Psychologists, pastoral carers or allied health professionals interested in learning more about the psychology of international humanitarian work are welcome to contact The Humanitarian.