Training of psychosocial counsellors working in Basic Public Healthcare Services in Kabul
- Funded by Caritas International
In 2004 Caritas Germany funded the first psychosocial counselling project in Afghanistan, developed and implemented through Caritas Germany by Inge Missmahl. This project was the start for all of Ipso’s involvements and activities. Between 2005 and 2007 thirty psychosocial counsellors were trained and fifteen counselling centres established in Kabul. Until 2008 more than 11,000 people were treated in these centres. Since 2004 much progress has been made, Within this project Caritas funded the training of sixteen psychosocial counsellors working in eight selected clinics of the primary health care system in Kabul.
Fulfilled objectives include:
- The training of 16 psychosocial counsellors now working at Kabul’s Comprehensive Heath Centres,
- Provision of continuous supervision for these psychosocial counsellors,
- Capacity building for medical doctors of the Comprehensive Health Centres in mental health.
Training of psychologists working for the Foundation of Solidarity for Justice (FSJ) in Kabul and Herat
- Funded by “Associació per als Drets Humans a l’Afganistan” (ASDHA)
In 2010 Ipso gave a supportive supervision and short intensive training to the counsellors of the Foundation of Solidarity for Justice from Kabul and Herat to build their capacity to provide psychosocial support, and to train them in adapting their methods of psychological intervention to the needs of their clients suffering from the consequences of deeply traumatic experiences.
- Training of ten FSJ staff members in psycho-social counselling,
- Follow-up supervision visits to further build the capacity of the counsellors,
- The trained counsellors are familiar with the psycho-social counselling approach and principles of the manual developed by Ipso for the primary health care system of Afghanistan.
Training of the medical staff of the National Mental Health Hospital and the Ali Abad Hospital in Kabul in psychiatry and psycho-social counselling
- Funded by Caritas International
In 2010-11, Ipso facilitated several trainings for medical doctors and psychologists of the Mental Health and the Ali Abad Hospital in Kabul in psychiatry, neurology and psychotherapy in cooperation with Prof. Andreas Heinz of the Charité Berlin. The medical doctors were taught clinical decision making and options for psychiatric and psychological treatment of psychiatric and affective disorders. The project however did not only aim to improve the knowledge and skills of the health staff but also to motivate them as service providers and to improve their teamwork. The trainings raised the standards of care for patients and paved the ground for follow-up projects improving the mental health services of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.
- Training of 40 medical doctors from the Ali Abad University Hospital and the National Mental Health Hospital in modern psychiatric treatment,
- Training of 20 medical doctors in neurology at the Ali Abad Hospital,
- Training of 20 psychologists of the National Mental Health Hospital in professional psycho-social counselling as a component of the Basic Package of Health Service,
- Development of a methodology for a training curriculum in psychiatry for medical doctors delivering the Essential Package of Health Services,
- Development of an Essential Public Health Service methodology and a staffing plan for psychiatric units in Essential Public Health Service
- Hospitals in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Mental Health Department of the Ministry of Public Health.