The Rome Institute for International Counselling, Coaching and Training,
working with the UNFPA Division for Human Resources, is now here to
support your well-being and psychosocial health as staff of UNFPA.


The counsellors of the Rome Institute are here to support you as you prepare for a new field assignment, or manage the on-going pressures of work in the field, or review lessons learned as you depart from a current assignment.  You may be reflecting deeply on your personal & professional experiences, or be stressed and looking for support to cope as effectively as you can.

What do we offer for Staff?

We are here to help you maintain professional and personal balance during and after

your work in the field, as well as in times of very high stress.

The counsellors of the Rome Institute - Petra Miczaika, Lindsey Anderson, Jim Striker,

Ronit Atlan, Henriette De Vries, and Sorah Broder - are available to meet with you by videoconference or phone for your Pre-assignment Briefings, your End of Assignment Debriefings, and for Stress Consultations during your field assignment.


This service is free of charge and completely confidential. We do not share any personal information with UNFPA.


How can briefings benefit you and your colleagues?

Pre-assignment Briefings:  Before your departure to your new assignment, we discuss how you are preparing, your expectations for yourself and your job, successful ways to manage stress and stay balanced in the high-pressured environment, and how to be effective interpersonally in the work situation.

We then follow up with you 1 to 2 months into your field assignment, to help you review how you are managing yourself and your work, and to help reinforce your self care strategies.

End of Assignment Debriefings:  As you finish your assignment, we consult with you to help you reflect on your experiences, accomplishments, stresses and lessons learned…

as well as to better manage your transition to home and your next work assignment.

Stress Consultations:


  • During field assignments, staff may experience an accumulation of serious stress from the multiple demands of working in high risk environments. 

  • Others may encounter potentially traumatizing critical incidents, which are highly stressful and disruptive. 

  • For staff encountering sexual or other forms of harassment, there is often a need for stress support and also guidance regarding accessing other UNFPA support resources.

We are available to consult, to assess your needs and to provide support & guidance for your psychosocial health.


Who are we in the Rome Institute?

We are a seasoned group of counsellors with diverse international and UN System experience.

In our former positions as UN System counsellors, we looked after humanitarian and development staff all over the world in both field and HQ locations.

We know what you are going through, and we are experts in dealing with stress, team dynamics, relationship issues, interpersonal communications, meaning and motivation, critical incidents and personal and work transitions.


We always take into account individual, cultural
and professional diversity.