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FIELD REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 107-117

Development of a Tool to Assess Competencies of Problem Management Plus Facilitators Using Observed Standardised Role Plays: The EQUIP Competency Rating Scale for Problem Management Plus


1 Research Associate, Division of Global Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
2 EQUIP Focal Person, The Center for Victims of Torture, Tigray, Ethiopia
3 Clinical Advisor, The Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul, MN, USA
4 Research Associate, The Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul, MN, USA
5 Research Associate, Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
6 Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
7 Technical Advisor, World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, Geneva, Switzerland
8 Director, Division of Global Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Correspondence Address:
Brandon A Kohrt
Division of Global Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, 2120 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20037
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_40_20

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Problem Management Plus (PM+) is used to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies, including in response to COVID-19. Because PM+ is designed for non-specialist facilitators, one challenge is ensuring that trainees have the necessary competencies to effectively deliver the intervention and not cause unintended harm. Traditional approaches to evaluating knowledge of an intervention, such as written tests, may not capture the ability to demonstrate PM+ skills. As part of the World Health Organization Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support (EQUIP) initiative, we developed a structured competency rating tool to be used with observed standardised role plays. The role plays were designed to elicit demonstration of the key mechanisms of action for PM+. These role plays can be objectively rated by trainers, supervisors or other evaluators to determine facilitators’ competency levels in PM+. These competency assessments can highlight what skills require additional attention during training and supervision, thus supporting facilitators to fill gaps in competencies. The integration of role plays in training and supervision also allows organisations to establish quality control metrics for competency standards to deliver PM+. We describe lessons learned from piloting the PM+ competency role plays with the Center for Victims of Torture programme with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia.


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