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Webinar with Martine Bourquin | Self-Help for Helpers on 17 June 2020 | First CCH webinar

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

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On 17 June 2020 at 18.00 CET, CoCreate Humanity will organise its first Humani-Topic event. The event will be an online gathering, a bit of a cross between a webinar and a workshop, and be dedicated to the theme of Self-Help for Helpers. We will have the pleasure to welcome Martine Bourquin, an experienced humanitarian, nurse and psychological emergency supporter.


During this short review we will approach the common reactions we have in the field, when persons are suffering much more than we do. We will try to find out what we gain and /or what we loose when we do not take care of ourselves. What are the consequences on us, our beloved, our jobs, our future, our teams, the persons we are supposed to care for?

  • What does every human being need ?

  • Which are the indispensable components of a successful management of our own “little” lives while in the field ?

  • How can I resist, endure, keep being performant in the middle of the chaos?

  • How much can I swallow before it is too late?

  • Which are the signs? And do I see them? Or not at all? Or do I ignore them, and why?


Martine Bourquin is a nurse and has been a freelance trainer for the last 22 years.

She is certified as an expert and supervisor in Emergency Psychological Support by the Swiss government ( She has developed numerous activities related to prevention, stress management and psychological support. Her main trainings are dedicated to professionals at risk (humanitarians, expatriates, police forces, firemen, ambulance personnel, nurses and social workers). She prepares caregivers and peers to help their own colleagues after critical incidents.

Her eight years in the field for MSF and ICRC include: Afghanistan, Thai-Kampuchean Border, The Philippines, Mozambique, Israel /TO, Peru as well as 5 years as Health Adviser at the ICRC Geneva Headquarters. At the HQ, Her job consisted in preparing new delegates for the field, health and stress wise, and briefing and debriefing all the personnel, before and after mission.


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