003 – Mental Health Care for Children with Disability

Saturday, 23rd April 2016

Nearly 50% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 19 years. Mental disorders are extremely common in children & young adults. A sizable proportion of these disorders are preventable and treatable. Unfortunately, 75% of people suffering from these disorders in countries like Pakistan do not have access to the treatment, thereby resulting in a huge treatment gap. The WHO has launched a Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) to help scale up services for mental disorders especially in primary care setting. Developmental disorders have been recognized as a priority disorder . As part of mhGAP, experts from all over the world, based on current evidence, have developed a training module on Developmental disorders.

This workshop is designed according to the mhGAP training guidelines, to help non-specialist healthcare staff to recognize and help children with developmental disabilities. It focuses on enhancing the skills to assess children & young people with disabilities, support & counsel their families and refer them appropriately. This is achieved through a hands-on experience of interviewing real patients and role-plays. The participants will work together to formulate assessments and outline management plans including psychosocial interventions.
The discussions are based on step-by-step flow charts, which helps assess these disorders and make clinical decisions accordingly. There is ample opportunity to interact with senior mental health professionals to clarify existing dilemma in their clinical practices.

These training guidelines have already been implemented in Bannu District in 2015, where around 60 primary care physicians were trained in collaboration with International Medical Corps.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Apply a general framework for working with children & adolescents.
2. Assess for developmental delay .
3. Provide family psychoeducation.
4. Investigate and manage main risk factors for developmental delay.
5. Assess carers' needs and provide support.
6. Collaborate with other agencies: Specialists, Education, Social and Rehabilitation services.