20 June 2017

12 Fresher Mental Health Facilitator Job Opportunities - StrongMinds

Organization: StrongMinds
Duty Station: Kampala, Mukono and Iganga, Uganda
Reports to: Mental Health Supervisor

About US:
StrongMinds is an international social enterprise that focuses on one of the most underserved populations and one of the most pervasive mental illnesses in the world.  We treat depression among women in Africa, where access for mental health treatment is extremely limited.  We presently operate in Uganda, a post-conflict and highly impoverished country where 1 out of every 4 adults suffers from depression.  As the only organization with a model specifically designed to scale a solution for depression in Africa, we provide a simple, innovative and cost effective approach.  Group interpersonal psychotherapy, facilitated by trained community workers, is a proven technique which helps these depressed women return to and maintain their full mental health.  Ultimately, StrongMinds helps women who suffer from depression to turn around their lives, and those of their family.

Job Summary: The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) will facilitate the implementation of Group interpersonal psychotherapy (G-IPT) program activities in Uganda. The MHF will identify, diagnose, and recruit individuals with depression to join G-IPT program. The MHF will then treat individuals with depression within their own communities using proven medical screening programs adapted to local conditions and proven G-IPT sessions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • After completing training, the MHF will provide G-IPT intervention for depression as weekly 90 minute sessions for up to 12 weeks.
  • Canvas local Ugandan communities, meet with local leaders and partners to identify, diagnose, and recruit depressed Ugandans to participate in the G-IPT program.
  • Follow –up and track patient attendance and participation and document patient and project progress to asses G-IPT efficacy. Prepare patient discharge plans and refer patients where necessary.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants consistent with organizational policies and laws.
  • The MHF may be required to attend support team meetings with management as needed and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Collect key patients data electronically or using hard copies and prepare reports on progress made and submit to the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants should preferably hold a relevant health or social work qualification. Possession of a B.A. in Psychology is preferred.
  • At least two years’ experience in group facilitation
  • Previous experience of working with people with depression and their families
  • Previous experience in running self-help groups is an added advantage
  • Keen interest in social work and helping others.
  • Broad and in-depth understanding of issues relating to mental health, specifically depression.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in mental health.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of general patient evaluation approaches.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Ability to develop, inform and sustain professional relationships, partnerships and networks.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with people with depression, families, and other staff/services involved in their support is desirable
  • Public speaking skills and the ability to lead and participate in workshops, seminars and other learning or promotion events.
  • Empathy with the aims of Strong Minds goal of treating depression.
  • Good team player.
  • Willing to take direction 

NB: Females are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send an application, one page statement of why you are the best candidate and C.V. (maximum 2 pages only) in MS. Word Font 12, to info@strongminds.org, or deliver hard copies to Plot 9 Martyr’s Lane, Ntinda, Ministers’ Village, Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 23rd June 2017

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