The Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) is a non governmental organization (NGO) for mental health research and training. It has been involved in several studies conducted by the World Health Organisation. SCARF has planned to launch mental healthcare and counselling diploma course (One year) for the medical and allied health professionals in July 2016.
The course will provide practical training in psycho social rehabilitation, including patient and family counselling, and psychological interventions along with their theoretical aspects. The programme will also train people to work at the community level. A combination of online and face-to-face methods will be used.
Dr R Thara, director, SCARF said that given the paucity of mental health professionals in India, we anticipate that this course will help fulfill an important gap and improve the skills of mental health professionals to offer valuable inputs to those who need it. Those who have completed/completing their bachelors in psychology, social work, nursing and other allied medical specialties, doctors and interested care givers can apply.