Title: Mental Health in a Cross-Cultural Perspective with a Special Focus on Traumatized Populations
Keywords: resilience
conflict-affected settings
Mental health problems
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Hans-Friedemann Kinkel
Date start: 2019-03-18
Date end: 2019-03-22
About duration and dates: 1 Week, submission of final assignment 30th March. An equivalent of two and a half days for assignment preparation and submission after face-to-face delivery. The submission date for the assignment will be agreed on during the course with the coordinator, the main lecturer and the students.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Virchow-Klinikum Augustenburger Platz 1 Berlin-Wedding Germany
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 hours SIT (30 hrs contact time plus 15 hours self-directed learning during the course plus 15 hrs for assignment writing).
Language: English
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
• Identify and analyse current conceptualization and critiques of the global mental health movement and psychosocial wellbeing approaches with special attention to the implications of these approaches for different stakeholders
• Critically appraise the evidence for global mental health approaches and psychosocial interventions (with a special focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and demonstrate awareness of existing challenges
• Draw on theoretical debates and conceptual frameworks in analyzing the role of culture and context in shaping the experience of mental health and wellbeing
• Critically evaluate current approaches in conflict-affected settings to the prevention and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence
• Differentiate and assess approached to addressing stigma directed against people with mental illness in post-emergency settings
Assessment Procedures:
Individual written exam (open-ended questions with short answers only), 2 hours, 50% contribution to overall grade, pass mark 60%.
Individual essay (case study), 2,500 words, 50% contribution to overall grade.
Exam and essay results will be communicated to the student via email. Students who fail will be offered one re-sit examination of the failed part, which should take place by the beginning of the following semester. A second re-sit is allowed but may be linked to conditions set by the Committee of Admissions and Degrees.
• Global Mental Health Movement: its history, aims and approaches. This includes critically analysing some of the theoretical assumptions underlying the GMHM and ist relevance to conflict-affected settings
• Policy, guidelines and implementation of global mental health (e.g. mhGAP). The implications of GMH practice in relation to available evidence and perspectives from stakeholders will be critically analysed.
• Conceptualising post-traumatic stress disorders and psychosocial wellbeing: theories from psychology, sociology and development studies will be used to investigate how these approaches have been applied in relation to improving wellbeing in resource-poor and humanitarian settings
• Emergency contexts and humanitarian crises: an analysis of approaches, practice and guidelines in the field as well as challenges faced by agencies seeking to implement these.
• Approaches in conflict-affected settings to the prevention and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence
• Strategies for addressing stigma directed against people with mental illnesses in post-emergency settings
• Introduction of debriefing method, case studies and exercises
There will be a mixture of sessions (~60%), case studies and role plays (~15%), viewing of films related to mental health & trauma with discussion (~10%) and group work with discussion of results (~15%). For each session, after a short PowerPoint based lecture, there will be interactive discussions, sharing of professional experiences and self-reflection.
Knowledge of unstable populations is helpful but not a precondition.
English proficiency: tropEd students need to provide proof of registration as tropEd student at their home institution only.
Max. 30 students (unlimited tropEd students)
Places are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Deadline for application: 10 weeks before module starts.
Deadline for payment: 8 weeks before module start.
We shall confirm the module 6 weeks before module start latest, subject to a sufficient number of applications.
Late applications will be considered as long as places are available.
500 € for tropEd MScIH students and alumni
750 € for others
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Berlin, January 2005 and re-accredited in November 2011, February 2017 and in March 2018. This accreditation is valid until March 2023.
Remarks: Course application form
Email Address: mscih-student@charite.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2011-12-09 00:26:39 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2011-12-09 06:37:09 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-06-27 13:15:03 (W3C-DTF)

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