Public Mental Health in Crises and (Post-) Conflict in Low-
and Middle Income Countries (Audio Training, 3 Credits)
with Joop de Jong, MD, PhD
This meeting addresses crucial topics in providing community based mental health and psychosocial services in crises in low and middle income (LIMA) countries. The meeting consists of a series of evidence driven participatory lectures and exercises. The goal is to be able to develop a culturally appropriate public mental health system integrating expertise from the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health and anthropology. The objective is to obtain basic knowledge to: 1) assess the impact of conflicts and natural disasters on communities; 2) use qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct a pre-program appraisal or a needs assessment; 3) deal with cultural and socio-economic barriers and challenges to providing community based care in LIMA countries; 4) handle public mental health criteria to select intervention and training priorities; 5) design and implement a public mental health and psychosocial program including primary, secondary and tertiary preventions that can be adapted to a variety of cultural settings across the globe; 6) recognize the hegemony of Western theory and to develop culturally responsive mental health services in collaboration with local healing and ritual practices; 7) to collaborate with governments, (I)NGOs, the UN and other sectors of the society; 8) deal with proposal writing, fund raising and monitoring of a program.