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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-59

A classroom based intervention in conflict affected Poso, Indonesia: synthesising lessons learned from research and practice

1 Psychosocial and Research Consultant at Savica Public Health and Communication Consultancy in Jakarta, Indonesia, previously worked at Church World Service Indonesia
2 Head of Research at Health Net TPO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Global Mental Health, King’s College London, UK., UK
3 Program Officer at Results in Health in Leiden, the Netherlands, previously worked at Church World Service Indonesia
4 Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA and Program Director of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, Bedford, NY, and Kampala, Uganda., Uganda

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This paper describes lessons learned from a classroom based intervention, which was implemented in the post conflict area of Poso, Indonesia. These lessons are drawn from qualitative research and a randomised controlled trial in the area, as well as data from our own programme monitoring and evaluation. We describe these lessons learned from a socio-ecological perspective, making recommendations to strengthen the classroom based intervention’s connection with critical mental health and psychosocial issues relevant at individual, family and wider community levels. Lessons learned include: the need for further adaptations to address local somatic expressions of psychological distress; consideration of changes at the cognitive level; a need for gender specific activities; engaging families in school based interventions; and addressing the damage to the wider social fabric, including at peer level. The engagement of trained paraprofessional health care is also discussed as an essential consideration.

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