DOH-Calabarzon resumes face-to-face training for health workers on mental health

DOH-Calabarzon resumes face-to-face training for health workers on mental health

By Glen S. Ramos & Benjamin F. Cuaresma
MANILA — With the downgrading of Covid-19 Alert to Level 3, the Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) on Tuesday started its face-to-face training for health workers particularly an “Orientation on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) on COVID-19 Vaccination Program” for service providers.

A total of three batches will be held this month from November 2-3, 4-5, and 8-9 with 98 participants expected to attend as scheduled.

According to Paulina V. Calo, Regional Mental Health Outcome Manager, the two-day practicum is the continuation of the MHPSS training for health workers last year which was abruptly halted due to the pandemic.

“Kailangang magkaroon ng workshop para sa aktuwal at one-on-one practice ng tamang pagsasagawa ng psychological first aid para ating mga health workers upang magawa nila ito sa tamang paraan,” she stated.“Ang mga participants ay magkakaroon ng practicum at sila ay aktuwal na panayam bilang isang ‘interviewer’ at bilang ‘pasyente’ upang magkaroon sila ng pang-unawa sa pagbibigay ng tamang pshychological intervention.”  

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Participants undergoes a practicum on how to properly conduct a psychological first aid as an ‘interviewer’ and as a ‘patient’ during the second day of the two-day “Orientation on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) on COVID-19 Vaccination Program” for service providers held in San Mateo, Rizal.

Psychological First Aid or PFA is given to an individual who is in distress and provides them a caring comforting presence by helping them feel safe and calm. It empowers the individual by supporting strengths and providing existing coping skills.

“The PFA is a humane, supportive, and flexible response to a fellow human being who is suffering during or after crises or emergencies including the current. COVID 19 pandemic,” Calo emphasized.She also assured that the training workshop is being held with strict health protocols being observed including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and proper hygiene. (ai/mtvn)

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