Strengthening Organizational Capacity for Delivery of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in Humanitarian Settings through Training and Mentoring

Strengthening Organizational Capacity for Delivery of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in Humanitarian Settings through Training and Mentoring

 International Medical Corps (IMC), in collaboration with the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, is delighted to announce that acceptance of  applications for the 2021 capacity building workshop and technical support on the WHO mhGAP-HIG. The workshop is offered through the “Strengthening Organizational Capacity for Delivery of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in Humanitarian Settings through Training and Mentoring” project funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Please see the attached factsheet for project details. Below, please find information about the workshop and how to apply.

What is the mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building Workshop and Technical Support? In 2017 WHO released the mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG) for field testing and in 2018 an mhGAP operations manual to support its rollout. Also in 2018, International Medical Corps, in collaboration with WHO and other agencies, released an accepted framework for mental health integration and an online toolkit for integrating mental health programs in general healthcare in humanitarian settings to strengthen operationalization beyond the clinical capacity component.

Given the strong need and interest in capacity building for mhGAP-HIG and the guidance to inform planning, implementation, and sustainability within systems, WHO led with IMC support two workshops in 2019 to boost leadership and capacity to implement integrated mental health programs in emergencies within humanitarian organizations. IMC will be leading the third workshop in 2021, with this initiative returning to WHO leadership in 2022.

The mhGAP-HIG workshop and technical support aims to build capacity in two ways: a) train humanitarian workers in using the mhGAP-HIG, and b) improve the utilization the mhGAP-HIG and associated tools within humanitarian health programming (including monitoring, supervision, organization of services, and integration into existing systems of care). The workshop will cover: a) mhGAP-HIG project design and service implementation; and b) mhGAP-HIG Training of Trainers and Supervisors (TOTS) in clinical assessment and management. The workshop will be followed by a 6-month capacity building phase in which organizations will implement mhGAP-HIG with tailored mentoring and technical supervision from IMC to support successful mhGAP-HIG roll-out.

Who should attend? This workshop and technical support is for mental health specialists (e.g. MHPSS advisors, MHPSS clinical field staff serving as trainers and supervisors or project managers) who work in humanitarian emergency contexts. Organizations will be asked to identify who is best suited to operationalize mhGAP-HIG following the workshop.

When and where? Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building as a distance learning workshop over an 810-week period between mid-March and May 2021 (exact dates TBC). Participants will be expected to devote approximately 4-6 hours per week, including through attendance at synchronous online sessions and homework assignments.

How to apply? To apply please fill out the brief application form here.  The deadline for applications is January 22, 2021. Given the required time commitment and expectations for post-training integration of mhGAP-HIG in your organizations, please discuss your intention with your supervisors and teams before applying.

Please direct any questions to HIGCapacityBuilding@InternationalMedicalCorps.org.

For more information about the program please click here. 

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