The Psychosocial Community of Practice (PS CoP) is, together with several other thematically diverse Communities of Practice, tied to the structure of ACT Alliance. The PS CoP enables ACT Alliance members to collaborate on issues of common interest and concern to themselves and the ACT Alliance in relation to Community-Based Psychosocial Support. The PS CoP serves the purpose to generate knowledge and promote learning as a key asset to the ACT Alliance and for members to establish themselves as learning organisations. Accordingly, the goal of the PS CoP is to gain knowledge, share best practices and develop competence to strengthen the psychosocial support capacity of ACT Alliance members and forums at global and regional level in order to enhance resilience and local capacity of affected populations. Specifically, this includes, for example, the production and dissemination of documents and guidelines, strengthening of ACT Alliance regional and national forums by working with CBPS mainstreaming, as well as contributing to global policy debates on MHPSS.
The PS CoP is structured into five Regional Community of Practices (Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, MENA, and Southeast Asia) which each having their own chair, and a Global Community of Practice consisting of representatives from INGOs and the chairs from its regional counterparts. The PS CoP is self-governed by the chairing member organisations regarding administration, logistics, responsiveness and the general strategic direction. You can find a list of member organisations and contact information further down.
To find out what type of work the PS CoPs are involved in, and how working with the CBPS approach can look like, see the examples below on Community-Based Psychosocial Support Good Practices.