WS7 Assignment briefing & debriefing skills

Workshop date: Friday, 7th June, 2019
Workshop commences: 9.30am
Workshop concludes: 5.00pm
Workshop venue: The Travel Inn, corner of Grattan and Drummond Streets, Carlton (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Workshop fee:

AUD $ 352.00 (incl. gst)

Payment by EFT on receipt of invoice
or by credit card on day of training (requiring $50 non-refundable EFT deposit)
* 15 % early bird discount rate available – payment in full 1 month prior to training date

How do I register? Click here
Enquiries? Email: or phone 1300 057 303

How could this workshop make a difference to your practice as a manager?

Many humanitarian organizations conduct their pre-assignment briefings and post-assignment debriefings in ad hoc ways. The consequences of this practice can be far reaching and very costly:  Under prepared personnel, increased risk management challenges for the organization, psychosocial injury, compromised project implementation, deployee disaffection and dissatisfaction are but a few outcomes of poorly prepared or managed staff at either end of the deployment cycle.

This workshop will give managers a valuable and practical opportunity to refresh their knowledge and refine their skills in being able to conduct purposeful and effective pre-assignment briefings and end-of-assignment debriefings.

What are the topics covered in the workshop?

  • Defining what is meant by pre-assignment briefing and post-assignment debriefing
  • The benefits of effective assignment briefing and debriefing for the organization as well as deploying personnel
  • Occupational/workplace health and safety responsibilities
  • Principles of psychosocial screening and its relevance to manager conducted briefing and debriefing
  • The why, when, how, who and what of psychosocial screening
  • The role of psychosocial screening across the deployment cycle
  • How to prepare and integrate psychosocial screening into pre-assignment briefing steps
  • Linking pre-assignment briefing to personal assignment care planning
  • Basic psychology of resilience, stress and coping
  • Biopsychosocial principles of support
  • Purposeful and active listening techniques
  • Assignment briefing demonstration, small group practice & coaching
  • How to prepare and integrate psychosocial screening into post-assignment debriefing steps
  • Post-assignment adjustment issues and trajectories
  • Post-assignment debriefing demonstration, small group practice & coaching

What are the take-aways from this particular workshop?

A clear rationale, framework and practical model for conducting an effective assignment briefing or debriefing. As well, tips on how to execute the steps effectively and an opportunity to have practiced some of the steps during the workshop. Feedback from the facilitator offered during simulation and role play practice.

How is the training conducted & facilitated?

Training is conducted in small groups to ensure that training is tailored to meet the needs of workshop participants. All training is designed specifically for the context of managers working in international humanitarian or development agencies. Participants are invited to share their goals and level of experience with the facilitator prior to the training.

Workshops are facilitated in a strongly interactive and specifically contextualized way for those working in the international humanitarian and development sector. Workshops aim to be engaging and may use a variety of training & learning modalities such as contextualization, case examples, participant experience, application of frameworks, demonstration, mini seminars (based on research & practitioner experience), reflective activity, mapping & analysis, group discussions, brainstorming, problem-solving, film clips, hypotheticals and simulations, quizzes, participant-led presentations, role plays (for trying out new skills), coaching and structured peer consultation processes.

Who is the facilitator?

Amanda Allan is the facilitator of this training. She is a psychologist with extensive experience working with international aid agencies, humanitarian aid workers and volunteers. Her work is largely informed by years of professional practice in counselling, briefing & debriefing, facilitating, consulting, mentoring, coaching and education as well as research undertaken as a PhD student at the University of Melbourne over a prolonged period. Amanda led the first Australian 3-day forum in 2003 that envisioned a charter for systematically strengthening the psychological support of aid workers involved in humanitarian work. She also founded the Mandala Foundation and was its executive director up until 2012.

Is there any follow-up to the training such as coaching and mentoring or further training opportunities?

A feature of Amanda’s training is not only its tailored approach but the opportunity for follow-up mentoring or coaching. This is offered on a small group basis or individually by Skype or phone.  Amanda also offers regular peer consultation opportunities for participants who have attended her workshops previously and who are interested in an opportunity for review, reflection, reinforcement or refreshment of concepts covered in previous workshops.