EU-WHO project continues to increase capacity to address mental health needs
24 August 2022
- As part of the European Union (EU) funded “Coordination and Transformation of Mental Health Services in Post-conflict Settings” project implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) Azerbaijan, a 3-day camp on "Basic Psychosocial Support Skills" was organized by the Psychosocial Support, Training and Research Center for social workers working in the field of mental health and psychologists.
Training sessions on mental health and social work in the camp were conducted by trainers.
During the first training "Basics of mental health care and clinical practice", the trainers, clinical psychologists Gunel Muradova and Narmin Osmanli, informed participants about the basic concepts of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and basic psychosocial support skills, self-care, use of effective communication skills, conducting an assessment, management, and monitoring of mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders, and the biopsychosocial model.
During the second training "Basics of social work and the importance of case management", trainer Sara Aghayeva first informed the participants about the historical development of social work, areas of work, knowledge, skills, and work ethics needed in social work practice. In the second part of the training, the topic of case management was developed, which is a systematic process of solving problems consisting of a series of consecutive tasks aimed at providing a variety of services to a person who applied for social services. The participants were informed about planning, case monitoring, and the role of the multidisciplinary team in case management.
Group work, role-playing, video demonstration, and discussion sessions were held for the interactivity of the training. At the end of the training, all participants were awarded certificates.
The Coordination and Transformation of Mental Health Services in Post-conflict Settings is an EU-funded project being implemented by WHO Azerbaijan to improve mental healthcare services at the primary care level. The project aims to help establish a multidisciplinary coordination mechanism for MHPSS and to build mental healthcare response capacity in PHC facilities. This project is part of the European Union's and the WHO's continued support to Azerbaijan.