Virtual Course: Training of trainers for Problem Management Plus (ToT PM+) -2021

Introduction to the course
The Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) recommends a set of psychological and pharmacological interventions that both specialists and non-specialists can implement. Within the Region, there is a need to develop psychological interventions in a simplified form, allowing them to be quickly learned by non-mental health professionals.

Purpose
The purpose of this program is to develop a virtual course that incorporates the fundamental knowledge and skills for the preparation, provision of training, follow-up, supervision, and monitoring of a PM+ implementation plan with the professionals identified in each country.

Objectives
The course’s objectives are to help participants:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the WHO Problem Management Plus (PM+) (Individual psychological help for adults impaired by distress in communities exposed to adversity manual)
  • Acquire the methodological competencies (content presentation, role-playing, case studies, modeling, group work, etc.) and skills necessary to deliver a PM+ intervention training course to non-specialists.
  • Adapt the training to the virtual modality; adapt tools, methodologies, time management, participants' expectations, among others.
  • Acquire skills for implementing, monitoring, and supervising the PM+ intervention.

Course Duration
Participants can expect to attend 8 synchronous sessions of two hours each, distributed once a week which gives a total of 16 hours. An average of 4 to 5 hours of course/study time of asynchronous work (group and personal/individual) for each of the weeks including the duration of the webinars, where modules will be running for a total of 40 hours.

Course Structure and Content

  • Introduction to the scalable psychological interventions, the manual structure, and PM+ strategies
  • Skills for a good PM+ facilitator
  • How to supervise in PM+
  • PM+ program implementation
  • Consideration of cultural and gender differences, basic helping skills to build a supportive relationship and deal with complex contexts
  • Tools for PM+ assessments and selection of persons to join the PM+ intervention
  • Concept of adversity, the PM+ intervention, coping with stress
  • Coping Strategies
  • Get going, keep doing
  • Strengthening social support
  • Strategies for maintaining and regaining wellness
  • The full summary of the plan implementation