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Mental Health Programs and Interventions


This course provides trainees with the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and implement mental health programs and mental health promotion activities, especially in low-resource settings. The course covers the integration of packages of care for mental disorders into different platforms of care including primary care and maternal healthcare or into platforms of care for other communicable and non-communicable diseases. Moreover, the course focuses on the evaluation mental health programs and mental health promotion strategies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical in-depth awareness of mental health promotion
  2. Explain and critically discuss the principal methods and theoretical approaches to the evaluation and assessment of evidence for effectiveness of mental health promotion programs and interventions
  3. Describe how to integrate a package of care for a specific mental disorder into a platform of healthcare delivery
  4. Develop skills in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and harm reduction strategies that address mental health and substance use
  5. Critically evaluate public health strategies aimed at promoting mental health
  6. Design a population level mental health intervention program that includes a plan for evaluating its effectiveness
  7. Plan and design effective, efficient, culturally sensitive and ethical mental health interventions and mental health promotion action for specific stakeholders in a variety of settings
  8. Weigh the main approaches that can be used in implementing health promotion at individual, community, and policy development levels

Course Outline

  1. Mental health promotion theory and practice
  2. Mental health promotion strategies
  3. Health related behavior and theories of behavior change
  4. Healthy public policy: role in health promotion and intersectoral approaches to mental health promotion
  5. Mental health needs assessment
  6. Mental health promotion models and approaches which support empowerment, participation, partnership and equity as the basis for health promotion action
  7. The current theories and evidence which underpin effective leadership, advocacy and partnership building and their implication for Mental health promotion action
  8. Strategies for promoting mental health at different settings
  9. Principles of integrating packages of care for mental disorders into platforms of care
  10. Resources (human, financial and other) required for delivery of mental health programs
  11. Formative research and piloting to design a mental health program
  12. Evaluation of mental health programs including effectiveness and process evaluations
  13. Creating supportive environment to promote mental health

Training delivery methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.