The Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH) runs a number of activities including a Master of Science programme in Child and adolescent Mental Health (MSc. CAMH) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and adolescent Mental Health (PgD. CAMH). The Centre also conducts periodic short courses and trainings in CAMH. The process and contents of the curriculum of the programmes provide learning opportunities that deal not only with knowledge and skills, but also with attitudes and behavioural dispositions. The programmes also provide the opportunity to develop skills for leadership, advocacy, policy planning and development, training and research.
The major activities in the Centre during the period spanning from October to December, 2015, are as follows:
2-Day Training of Trainers (ToTs) Workshop on the Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGAP)
The Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), University of Ibadan, in partnership with the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital, Ibadan organised a 2-day Training-of-Trainers (TOT) workshop on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). The World Health Assembly adopted this programme in 2013. The mhGAP is a guide for non-specialists (medical officers, nurses and other cadres of health workers) in the recognition and provision of basic interventions for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders. Date: Monday 26th October & Tuesday 27th October, 2015 Venue: Department of Psychiatry Seminar Room, 3rd Floor Clinical Sciences Building, UCH, Ibadan Lead Facilitator: Dr. Jibril Abdulmalik Co Facilitators: Dr. Olurotimi Adejumo, Dr. Yetunde Adeniyi, Dr. Kehinde Lawal, Ms. Adeola Oduguwa
Clinical posting and attachment of students at various collaborating outreach Centers
At the end of the second semester on the MSc. CAMH programme, students are mandated to go on a clinical internship period that is assessed. The main objective of the clinical attachment for the students is for them to have a concentrated period of clinical exposure to put to practice things they had been taught. All the thirteen (18) MSc. CAMH students participated in the mandatory four-week clinical attachment in CCAMH affiliated outreach centers. Furthermore twoof these students had the opportunity to travel to an offshore affiliated institution for training in November, 2015.
Leadership in mental health training in Sangath, Goa, India
Sangath is one of the offshore training sites for CCAMH. It is a non-governmental organization based in Goa, India, that uses public health model to provide multidisciplinary interventions and training for child development, adolescent and youth mental health in the context of developing and resource-poor nations. In 2015, two students from CCAMH had the opportunity to travel to G
oa, India for the annual ‘Leadership in Mental Health’ training. Date: November 16 to 27, 2015.
MSc CCAMH Student participants:
Dr. Are Amos Olorunfemi
Mrs. Adeleke Adeola Christianah
Talk show on IBR 92.5 FM on World Mental Health Day – 10th October, 2015.
Two Alumni of the Centre, Dr. Kehinde Lawal and Ms. Adeola Oduguwa were at the Impact Business Radio 92.5 FM, Ibadan, on Saturday 10th October, 2015 on behalf of the Centre to speak on a radio show meant to enlighten the public and promote the 2015 World Mental Health Day theme, ‘Dignity in Mental Health’.
Contributed by Mr. Olawale Fasoranti Associate Programme Officer, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH),