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Global Mental Health Lab
Evaluating a Comprehensive Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for Vulnerable Refugees
Funded by the International Medical Corps
The overarching goal of the study is to evaluate the comprehensive mental health service program of the International Medical Corps (IMC) against the standard of care for Syrian refugees in need of mental health services in Jordan. The first stage of this project aims to improve existing mental health evaluation instruments currently in use by IMC and validate new ones to develop an assessment battery for use by IMC and other humanitarian organizations. The second stage involves 1) an evaluation of ongoing IMC mental health services and 2) a feasibility study of a randomized controlled trial involving comparison of the IMC model to treatment as usual for Syrian refugees. Data for both phases were collected at the Za’atari refugee camp and urban settings in Jordan. The 1.1 million Syrians who fled to Lebanon, close to one fourth of the nation’s population- have been exposed to extreme adversities before and during their escape. The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health released a Mental Health Action plan for persons affected by the Syrian crisis calling for coordinated and integrated mental health operations. In collaboration with the Ministry, the International Medical Corps (IMC), and mental health departments of Academic centers, we will conduct a systematic training-of-trainers in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) to build sustainable capacity in Lebanese mental health educators and providers of all relevant disciplines (psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists) on a national level. We also plan to evaluate the implementation and dissemination of this training.