Development and Evaluation of Teacher Training to Improve Child Mental Health

Sajida Hassan Abdul Hussein
Panos Vostanis

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Background: A recent epidemiological study of school children in Pakistan reported high rates of common mental health problems. The findings of the study emphasised the need to train teachers as front-line professionals in order to manage common child mental health problem in schools.

Aims: The main aim of this present study is to provide teachers with skills needed to recognize and manage children with mental health problems through school-based training.

Method: This study will involve the development and evaluation of a two-day workshop (10-12 hours) for teachers of primary school children to provide them with an understanding of mental health, and train them in skills needed to meet the needs of children’ in the Union Council Salmiah of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Anticipated Outcome: At the end of the training programme it is anticipated there will be an improvement in the teachers’ knowledge, better recognition, and capacity to manage common behavioural and emotional problems.

Duration: 2010-2011
Funding: £30,000, Hussaini Foundation

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