IPT dissemination for Syrian displaced persons in Lebanon

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Global Mental Health Lab

Capacity building and dissemination of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Syrian displaced persons in Lebanon

Funded by the International Medical Corps and the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health

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. This project is a collaboration of the GMH Lab with the Ministry, the International Medical Corps (IMC), other NGOs, and mental health departments of academic centers. We are in the process of conducting 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.