CRISIS co-ordinators are being prepared as the country moves towards the start of the cyclone season.
Formerly known as Pacific Counselling and Social Services, Empower Pacific is training senior counsellors who will take charge of groups deployed to disaster hit areas.
Empower Pacific's chief executive officer Rhianon Vichta said a lot of lessons were learnt after the 2009 and 2012 floods.
"We did remarkably well in the last floods, which were very catastrophic, in reaching people with food, water, shelter and the basic requirements," she said.
"And that was done collaboratively through the government, private sector and other non-government organisations. But what wasn't addressed and the lessons we've learnt from that was that the psychological needs of communities were not integrated into disaster response strategy.
"The emotional impact of having your entire life washed away in a flood, the child protection concerns in a situation where you've got 1000 people stuck together in an evacuation centre, the follow-on effects that tend to happen in terms of people's mental health, depression, suicide, domestic violence and all the underlying issues that get triggered during a crisis.
"And also people's coping strategies and ability to access support when needed have to be addressed in the immediate aftermath of a crisis," she added.
In light of this, Ms Vichta said a team of crisis co-ordinators were being trained in disaster counselling and intervention techniques.
"They will be placed in Labasa, Suva ,Nadi and Lautoka and they'll be co-ordinating the teams of counsellors and social workers who will go into the field in a disaster situation so they'll be doing the briefing and de-briefing and support for those teams.
"We're also training field workers in government and NGOs in basic psychological first aid in a disaster," she said.