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Is Global Mental Health ready for Education 3.0?

An exciting journey along recent innovations and developments in education, and a plea for a shift in the teaching/training approach in the global mental health.

Introduction:
The problem: All low income countries face a huge shortage of mental health care staff. There are even countries with no or only one psychiatrist and some without any specialized mental health care provider. That’s why capacity building in this sector is one of the main challenges.

photo from CORDAID mental health capacity building session in Haiti, 2011

photo from CORDAID mental health capacity building session in Haiti, 2011

But most NGOs and education institutes in this field still have a strong ‘bricks and mortar’ and 1.0 education approach, where there is a one-way dissemination of knowledge from teacher/trainer to student/health worker with books/manuals and lectures/slides. Where scaling up capacity building means distributing more manuals/books and the deployment of more trainers and tutors.
I don’t think we can solve the immense workforce gap in mental health if we keep on focusing on this 1.0 education. Continue reading