INEE Collaboratives

Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL)

The PSS-SEL Collaborative, formed in 2018, is a continuation of the PSS-SEL sub-group from the previous iteration of INEE Working Groups (2014-2017). The Collaborative builds on the momentum and achievements of the previous group, with the same aim to better support ongoing work in PSS-SEL in crisis contexts. Members of the collaborative work across agencies to address gaps in policy, practice, and research regarding PSS-SEL

Humanitarian crises profoundly impact children and youth, disrupting family relationships, disturbing social cohesion, and creating feelings of isolation, uncertainty, fear, anger, loss, and sadness. This exposure to adversity, particularly in early childhood, can lead to lifelong impairment of learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. A growing body of research shows that the development of socio-emotional skills is critical for the success of children in school and other settings during their adulthood. However, psychosocial support (PSS) and social and emotional learning (SEL) considerations still have not adequately influenced education in emergency practices.

Members of the PSS-SEL Collaborative include individuals from the following agencies: Child Fund, FHI360, Finn Church Aid, GEC, IRC (co-convener), Mavi Kalem, NRC, OXFAM, PIN, Plan Norway, Right to Play, Save the Children (co-convener), UNICEF, UNRWA, USAID, University of Geneva, WVI, and War Child.


PSS-SEL Background Paper

The INEE Background Paper on Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning for Children and Youth in Emergency Settings, published in 2016, was written to clarify relevant terminologies and approaches relating to psychosocial support (PSS) and social and emotional learning (SEL) in education in crisis affected contexts, and to explore how the two concepts relate to one another. This resource is open-source, and is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.


Guidance Note on Psychosocial Support

INEE’s Guidance Note on Psychosocial Support was published in 2018 and offers specific strategies for how to incorporate PSS into education responses. The resource addresses a gap in the tools that are currently available to educators and professionals operating in emergency and crisis contexts, providing PSS programming guidance that is specifically oriented to the education sector. This tool is open-source, and is currently available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.


Current Activities:

PSS-SEL Training Module and Webinar:

In addition to the Background Paper and Guidance Note, an accompanying 3-hour training module and short webinar have been developed. The sessions will provide a baseline understanding of PSS-SEL terminology, how psychosocial wellbeing can affect children and youth in crisis contexts, and how PSS and SEL can be integrated into education systems. The training module will be available is currently available in English and will soon be availael in Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

PSS-SEL Core Framework:

The PSS-SEL Collaborative, in partnership with Harvard University’s EASEL Lab, is developing a core framework which defines and identifies the relevant dimensions and skills on social-emotional learning and psychosocial well-being. The ultimate goal of the 2-year project is to create shared language so that donors, researchers, practitioners and policymakers can name, invest, measure, research, evaluate, and promote the development of relevant dimensions and competencies of PSS and SEL in alignment with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) intervention pyramid.

Teacher Wellbeing:

The PSS-SEL Collaborative will explore the dimensions of- and ways to measure teacher well-being, without which the operationalization of PSS-SEL in education settings cannot be imagined. With support from the Education Equity Initiative, the Collaborative has produced a landscape review of teacher wellbeing, following an extensive literature review. A webinar on the findings of the literature review took place in August 2019. Watch the webinar recording and see the presentation slides here.

Contact: For more information please contact PSS-SEL Project Manager, Rachel Smith at