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Virtual Child Mental Health Forum - Family-Based Interventions in Global Mental Health: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Low-Resource and Humanitarian Contexts

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Date & Time: February 3, 2021; 10:00-11:15 AM

Location: Virtually via Zoom, click here to register

Family-Based Interventions in Global Mental Health:  Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Low-Resource and Humanitarian Contexts

Eve Puffer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Duke University 
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke Global Health Institute

Summary: In low- and middle-income countries, up to 80% of people with mental health disorders do not receive minimally adequate treatment, and evidence-based interventions for children and families are rare. Dr. Puffer is a global mental health researcher with an emphasis on adapting and evaluating family-based mental health interventions delivered in low-resource settings. In this presentation, Dr. Puffer will discuss the treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries and describe specific family and parenting interventions and their effectiveness. She will speak about intervention trials that focus primarily on work in Kenya and Liberia, with additional studies in Thailand and Ethiopia. From an implementation science perspective, Dr. Puffer will also discuss a community-embedded implementation model she has developed with Kenyan colleagues to explore the scale-up of interventions through existing social groups in very resource-constrained contexts.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

1) Describe the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries and the subfield of global mental health.
2) Describe family-based approaches that have been used in low- and middle-income countries and about the evidence related to their effectiveness.
3) Describe and critique implementation strategies that can increase sustainability and scale.

February 3, 2021 from 10AM to 11:15AM EST

This presentation will take place virtually on Zoom. You must pre-register to attend. Click here to pre-register. 

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Wellesley, MA for a maximum of 1 Credit. The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.