IMC MH department in coordination with the NMHP within the MOPH is working on integrating mental health into primary healthcare following the mhGAP programme recommended by WHO. IMC has been conducting this activity over the past few years in order to have mental health disorders identified and managed within PHC facilities; the most severe cases are referred to mental health professionals. The mhGAP-IG also proposes a range of different interventions including Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) that is identified as a culturally adapted brief therapy especially that could work efficiently among Syrian refugees. Furthermore, in Lebanon, there is a need for an evidence-based unified approach to psychotherapy bringing together different therapists from various therapy schools under one unified approach in addition to creating a sustainable model - creating cascade effect.
In 2016, IMC in coordination with the NMHP and the Teacher’s College at Columbia University, organized a Training of Trainers, where master trainers from the University provided two theoretical training phases on Interpersonal Psychotherapy skills as well as on-going supervision via Skype, for MHPSS specialists to become certified IPT future trainers, and IPT future providers. Under the support of GAC funding, IMC plans to continue the supervision of three trainees who participated in IMC’s IPT training in the first half of 2016 and pilot Group IPT among non-MH specialists. A master trainer from Columbia University who supported the Lebanon IPT project in 2016 will be remotely supervising the local IPT trainers during the implementation of the training and follow-up supervision sessions. Local trainers are required to co-trainer/co-supervise with the master trainers in order to become certified master trainers in IPT.
The IPT Supervisor will:
Participate in analysis of piloting results and findings
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:Previous experience in providing and supervising IPT trainings in Lebanon