The Community-Based Psychosocial Support (CBPS) approach builds on the own needs, resources and conditions of individuals and communities to handle daily life stressors, especially in crises situations. The approach emphasizes participation of affected people in aid interventions as a central aspect for these to be able to themselves contribute to a better life and rise stronger together. They accomplish this based on their own capacity and capability. In crises situations, needs are more comprehensive than shelter, food and water.
The CBPS approach focuses on involving affected populations in decisions and activities that concern their lives, as they themselves know best what needs exist and need to be addressed. Participation also contributes to a meaningful co-existence after people have lost everything. Accordingly, the CBPS approach aims at creating meaningful and lasting changes in local contexts affected by crises.