‘Psychosocial Care for Women in Shelter Homes’ highlights the issues of a neglected segment of vulnerable among the vulnerable - ‘women in shelter homes’. Very little efforts have been made earlier to understand the problems and concerns of these women. It is crucial to note that the issues of the staff who work in shelter homes were never addressed too. It has been observed that the understanding of psychosocial care has been very limited in these shelter homes. These lacunae led to the inadequate care and support and at times injustice to the residents who have been victims of difficult circumstances. This manual aims to address these lacunae, enables the care givers of the shelter homes to understand the needs of the women and gives them an insight into the spectrum of psychosocial interventions.
This manual has evolved as a result of extensive research carried out by the team. The team used different methodologies such as focus group discussions, key informant interviews with the staff, care givers and interaction with the residents of shelter homes. These interactions have enabled us to understand the significant psychosocial issues of the women.
The manual has highlighted complex issues of women through their developmental life cycles, the various difficult circumstances that they experience and the path way of institutionalization. The manual also enables the care givers to focus on women with mental illness, victims of trafficking and violence, and women involved in commercial sex work.
The psychosocial care techniques and services provided in this manual are simple and holistic in nature. The remedial psychosocial care measure that has to be taken up by the care givers has been provided.
The manual enables the care givers to have an understanding of the various laws and policies which are available for safeguarding rights of women in India. Last but not the least this manual focuses on a key component of caring of the caregivers. The module focuses on stress and burnout, balancing family and professional life and resource management.
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