Psychological first aid through the ‘SIX Cs model’ − an intervention with migrants on the move

Einav Levy, Moshe Farchi, Yori Gidron, Eitan Shahar

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Thousands of migrants passed through the Balkans whilst migrating from the Middle East to Europe between 2015 and 2016. Humanitarian actions were conducted throughout this route as agencies and governments provided support. The Camp of Preševo, on the Southern border of Serbia, was established by the local authorities as a registration camp to monitor the migration and deliver aid. Part of this aid was psychosocial. Past studies show a relatively high prevalence of stress symptoms among forced migrants, presumably due to exposure to war-related atrocities and experience of forced migration. NATAN, an Israeli non-governmental organisation, is a volunteer-based organisation that delivered psychosocial support to the migrants using the ‘SIX Cs model’. This model focuses on cognitive and behavioural components and is based on the neuropsychology of resilience. It has advantages that were relevant to the context of the camp, namely culturally adaptive, easy to administer, short and adjustable to varied contexts. Moreover, the model gives tools, which could be used later by the migrants in the absence of a therapist. This report describes the SIX Cs model and the implementation of its intervention in the Preševo camp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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© 2019 Intervention, Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow


  • Intervention
  • Migration
  • Psychosocial
  • Refugees
  • SIX Cs model
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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