Teaching and workshops
Teaching and workshops
Every person will have some experience of emotional distress, and every community recognises that there are those whose mental distress is so severe that they are unable to participate in daily life.
The recognition of mental distress is universal, but how it is expressed, how its causes are understood and what is considered to be appropriate help is culturally determined.
All explanatory models for mental illness are embedded within, and cannot be separated from, the culture, language, and institutional and political processes of the culture of which they are a part. In our increasingly globalised world it is more important than ever that different cultural understandings in relation to emotional distress are accepted and understood. Those with mental illness or suffering emotional distress must be cared for in humane and culturally appropriate ways.
The care of individuals with mental health problems and promoting emotional well being through psychosocial programmes have historically been viewed separately. One of the fundamental aims of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support is to overcome this divide.
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All of Jane’s workshops reflect the integrated approach which underpins the IASC Guidelines, and she is committed to developing creative syntheses between traditional and Western understandings, with special attention to local languages and traditional healers.
Jane is skilled at facilitating small group learning, and is adaptable and responsive to the needs of participants. Particular features of workshops include building on the existing skills and knowledge of participants, facilitating systematic reflection on past experience, and ensuring that each person is enabled to make positive and valued contributions.
Feedback from those who have attended Jane’s workshops have commented particularly on her ability to create a comfortable, stimulating and energising learning environment and the clarity with which she is able to explain complex psychosocial and mental health issues.
Teaching and workshops can be designed and facilitated for all contexts – NGOs, higher education, schools of nursing/medicine – in the UK and worldwide.
Jane has designed and facilitated training and workshops on psychosocial and mental health issues in many different contexts:
Participants engaged in active group discussion during the Case Management workshop, Jordan (2009)
UNHCR workshop, Jordan (2007)