EQUIP: Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support

At our University Seminar on April 26th, 2022, Dr. Brandon Kohrt provided an introduction to EQUIP, a free platform jointly developed by WHO and UNICEF, containing tools and e-learning courses to support governments, training institutions, and non governmental organizations. EQUIP (Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support) builds a stronger workforce to deliver safe and effective mental health and psychosocial support services for adults and children.

How does it work? EQUIP focuses on provider competency, defined as how well the provider is able to demonstrate treatment specific skills and common factors (e.g., therapeutic alliance, promoting hope, being empathetic) for delivery of psychological interventions. By conducting training and observations under standardized conditions, trainers can evaluate non-specialists’ abilities and skills to deliver the intended intervention.

Feasible and reliable competency tools for global mental health are especially important, as interventions are implemented and scaled up in the field.

To learn more about the EQUIP platform and its application in high, middle, and low-income countries, view the recording here. To access EQUIP platform, click here.

To view past University Seminars, please visit our program page here.