Parent and Teacher child mental health training in Pakistan

Training And Evaluation of School Based Child Mental Health Training Intervention

Sajida Hassan
Panos Vostanis

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.
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: 2010-2013

 

Community Based Parent Training Programme For Vulnerable Children

Sajida Hassan
Panos Vostanis
Fatima Hassan
Aliya Sibtain
Zainab Okera
Sakina Reza
Tahira Baig
Sadiqqa Muraj

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 parents in order to manage common child mental health problem effectively within the family setting.

Aims: The training aims to provide parents with the skills needed to recognize and manage children with behavioral difficulties using behavior management strategies and creative play activities to improve the home environment.

Method: the training consists of ten sessions of two hours each (total 20 credit hours) conducted with mothers of children attending primary schools in low-income areas of Karachi. The intervention consists of six sessions related to understanding behavioral difficulties and managing them appropriately at home. Four sessions focus on creative play and fun activities that can be enjoyed at home to ensure quality time between children and parents.

Anticipated Outcome: At the end of the training programme it is anticipated that parents will acquire skills needed to effectively manage children behavioural difficulties at home and enjoy quality play and creative activity time with children at home.

Duration: 2011-2012

 

Special Educational Needs, Using an Inclusive Approach in Mainstream Schools

Sajida Hassan
Panos Vostanis
Aliya Sibtain
Zainab Okera
Sakina Reza
Sadiqqa Muraj

Background: Special Education Needs is a neglected area in Pakistani educational system. Recent studies have indicated the lack of awareness amongst front line professional including GPs and school teachers regarding identification and management of children with learning difficulties in mainstream classrooms.

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

Method: This study will involve the development and evaluation of a five-day workshop (10-12 hours) for teachers of primary school children to provide them with an understanding of Special Educational Needs and train them in skills needed to identify and meet the needs of children within the school setting.

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 pupils with Special Educational Needs using an inclusive approach.

Duration: 2011-2012

 
Working With Teens : Understanding and Supporting Teenagers

Sajida Hassan
Panos Vostanis
Tahira Baig
Sakina Reza
Fatima Hassan

Aims: The main aim of this present study is to provide adolescents a platform to share their experiences and provide support to help them manage this challenge phase of life in accordance with social and cultural norms.

Method: This study will consist of six (2 hour long) group sessions of adolescents aged 13-16; the participants will be selected from community centers in low-income areas of Karachi. This group has been selected as the population is highly vulnerable. The group sessions will focus on common difficulties faced by teens, including personal physical and mood changes, relationship issues, drugs and alcohol, role of media, self-esteem/ confidence building and career guidance.

Anticipated Outcome: At the end of the training programme it is anticipated the teens will gain insight into common problems faced at this stage of life and learn ways to manage these issues appropriately to avoid long term difficulties.

Duration: 2011-2012

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