Field based training for mental health workers, community workers, psychosocial workers and counsellors: a participant oriented approach

Intervention 9(2). Published in 2011

This article discusses the training of mental health workers whose basic job is with clients that have been seriously affected by armed conflict and/or natural disasters by using ‘helping through talking’, and who have had little education that is relevant to this work. It sums up the characteristics required of the workers, their learning needs, the messages that the training needs to convey, and the characteristics and potential contents of a tailor made, participant-
oriented programme. This approach is illustrated with a few key points from such a training programme.

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