American Univesity of Beirut

Safe and Sound: A School-Based Psychosocial Support Program for Refugee Adolescents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Safe and Sound program aims to build the capacity of two local NGO schools' staff, teachers, parents, and students by designing, developing and implementing a school-based psychosocial support program for Syrian refugees currently living in Bekaa, Lebanon. The 10-week program for adolescents (ages 12-18) utilizes a train the trainer model and will be facilitated by teachers and community workers​ in the schools in fall 2019. Adapted to the local context, the evidence-based methodology will reinforce Syrian refugee adolescents' resilience through skill-building on self-awareness, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, non-violence, and healthy communication with a gender-sensitive approach. Psychosocial specialists will also engage with parents and school staff to contribute to the development of a positive environment for the adolescents' social emotional learning. The Safe and Sound program helps young adolescents to build peace in mind by learning self-care mechanisms and in finding alternative, healthy coping skills that strengthen resilience and promote non-violent relationships with others.

Project Safe and Sound is part of the Capacity Development Programme Lebanon (CDPL phase 2), which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Netherlands’ development policy and managed by Nuffic


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