Assessing, Detecting and Managing Mental Disorders

Leadership Training Program of Skilling Professionals in
Assessing, Detecting and Managing Mental Disorders

November-December 2022
Programme Coordinator: Mr. Vidya Bhushan Tripathi


Mental health and wellbeing are impotant aspects of public health, but very little attention has been given to them till now, especially in the low and middle income countries. South Asian region has a high disease burden of mental disorders. A systematic review conducted in 2020 showed a prevalence of 14.2 percent for common mental disorders. Similar trends have also been seen from South America and Africa. According to the National Mental Health Survey , approximately 150 million people in India require care for their mental health problems but a large majority of these (70 to 92 percent) failed to receive treatment. COVID-19 pandemic futher added to the unmet mental health needs of these populations. The personal, family, and social impact of COVID-19 is likely to last for a very long time.
The world should be committed towards improving access to mental healthcare and treatment to communities without discrimination. The World Health Organisation's Sustainable Development Goal 3 (targets 3.4 is and 3.5) are directly related to mental health and substance abuse. Premature motality from noncommunicable diseases can also be reduced through promoting mental health and proving treatment and care of mental disorders. However, early detection of mental illness and their timely management remain an impotant public health challenge due to lack of trained mental health care professionals at the periphery.
The Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT) offers a practical solution to address this challenge. GMHAT/PC is a semi- structured, computer assisted clinical assessment tool developed to assist health workers in making quick, convenient, and comprehensive standardized mental health assessments in both primary and general health care.
Rural Mental Health section of World Psychiatry Association (WPA) is collaborating with SD Gupta School of Public Health (SDG SPH) at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India Centre for Autism, Neuro developmental disorders and Intellectual Disabilities (CANDDID, Cheshire and Wirral Patnership (CWP), NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester, UK, to work on building and strengthening capacities of healthcare functionaries as well as caregivers towards improving community's mental health and wellbeing through this structured skill oriented training program.

Program Objectives

The vitual training program aims at strengthening and promoting mental health care and services. The specific objectives of this program are:

    • Develop effective leadership skills for timely screening and management of mental health issues.
    • Improve skills to assess, detect and deal with mental disorders using GMHAT/PC; and
    • Strengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health.

Learning objectives: At the end of the training, the paticipants will be able to

  • Understand the role of leadership skills in mental health” and assess own leadership styles.
  • Gain knowledge of common mental disorders.
  • Improve communication and interviewing skills.
  • Use GMHAT/PC in various settings.

Program Contents

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Overview
  • Leadership styles: Self-assessment
  • Common Mental Disorders
  • Communication and interviewing skills
  • Global Mental Health Assessment Tool - Primary Care version (GMHAT/PC)
  • Assessment of mental disorders using GMHAT/PC


The program adopts virtual, participatory, and experiential approach. The concepts will be explained, which will be followed by hands- on exercises and demonstration by the participants. They will get ample opportunity to translate the concepts discussed into strategy and operational plans in their respective area or organization. This will include:

  • Interactive sessions.
  • Self-assessment of leadership styles.
  • GMHAT/PC hands on approach of interviewing.
  • Assessment of professional judgement (using observation and feedback) - Scoring of videos, Inter-rater agreements.
  • Role plays and Quizzes.
  • Assessment of clinical skills (ability to use GMHAT/PC and interview techniques).
  • Inter sessional learning assignments.
  • Virtual forum for providing ongoing support.
  • Pre and post training assessment of competence and confidence of conducting mental health assessment interviews.

The program will be delivered through Zoom Platform. The login credentials will be shared with the registered participants two days before the commencement of the program.

Course Directors

  • Nutan Prabha Jain Dr. Nutan Prabha Jain
    PhD (Psychology); MPH (UNC-CH)
    Professor, SDGSPH, IIHMR University, Jaipur, India
    Associate, Depatment of International Health,
    Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU, USA
  • Neetu Purohit Dr. Neetu Purohit
    PhD (Clinical Psychology)
    Professor, IIHMR University, Jaipur, India
    Associate, Depatment of International Health,
    Bloomberg School Public Health, JHU, USA

Resource Persons

The training programs will be coordinated by SDG SPH, IIHMR University, in collaboration with a team of clinicians and researchers based at CANDDID, CWP Patnership NHS Foundation Trust who have developed a University of Manchester developed a standardized training package on mental health around The Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT/PC)- Primary care and General Health setting version. The training program in Spanish has already been setup by the University of El Bosque, Bogota in Columbia.

  • Shiv Du Gupta Dr. S.D Gupta
    MD, Ph.D (Epidemiology, Johns
    Hopkins University), FAMS
    Adjunct Professor (Epidemiology),
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
    of Public Health, USA, Trustee
    Secretary, IIHMR, Jaipur, India
  • Vimal Kumar Sharma Dr. Vimal Kumar Sharma
    MD, FRCPsych, Ph.D.
    Professor of Global Mental
    Health Research FBMH University
    of Manchester, Manchester, UK
    Co-Chair, RMA-WPA
  • Sowmya Krishna Dr. Sowmya Krishna
    MBBS, CCT - General Psychiatry
    MRCPsych Consultant Psychiatrist
    Green Oak Initiative
    Bangalore, India
  • Vinod Kumar SV Dr. Vinod Kumar SV
    MD (Preventive & Social Medicine)
    Professor and Dean Incharge
    SD Gupta School of Public Health
    IIHMR University, Jaipur, India
  • Susanta Padhy Dr. Susanta Padhy
    MD (Psychiatry)
    Professor, Dept of Psychiatry
    AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar, India
  • Vaishali D. Tendolkar Dr. Vaishali D. Tendolkar
    Professor - Mental Health Nursing
    Datta Meghe College of Nursing
    Nagpur, India
  • Poornima MahindruMs. Poornima Mahindru
    Clinical Psychologist and
    The Green Oak Initiative, Bangalore
  • Ramanan SDr. Ramanan S
    MBBS, MD Psychiatry (Pursuing)
    Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India


The training program targets healthcare professionals, Mental Health Trainers, Training Managers, Program Managers, Researchers, Psychologists, Counsel lors and NGO representatives.

Duration and Timings

The training program will have eight sessions spread over a period of one month.

    • Timing: 3.00 PM-5.00 PM IST /9:30 AM-11:30 AM UK (two hours)
    • Training Days: Two days (Wednesdays and Thursdays) in a week.
    • Session Dates:Nov 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-Dec 1, 2022.

Two-hour follow up session will also be organized after experiencing the actual implementation of the GMHAT/PC in consultation with the participants.

Program Fee

For paticipants applying from India : INR 14000 For paticipants applying from other countries: USD 200 Prior registration is mandatory for paticipation. The fee covers tuition fee, training material and other resources to be provided at the time of training.
(The program fees is inclusive of GST)


A certificate of participation on completion of the program will be issued by SD Gupta School of Public Health, IIHMR University, Jaipur.

Contact Us

All communication regarding the training should be made with the Training Department at the following address. Please fill the registration form on below apply now button.

Program Coordinator

The IIHMR University
1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sanganer Airport
Jaipur – 302029, Rajasthan

Phone Number: Mobile: +919358790012, Mobile: +918890408516, 0141-3924700 [Call timings : 9.30 AM-5.30 PM IST].
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