Teaching / Training in Psychiatry for Mental Health Professionals in India 2019.

4th - 6th March, 2019.


CFMH has been training 200 to 300 Mental Health Professionals in Pune for 5 years.

The teachers are eminent Consultant Psychiatrists from UK. The team includes Dr Neil Brener, Dr Giovanni Giaroli, Dr Gordana Milavic and Dr Alex Horne -- Ritu Chabria our host in Pune organizes the audience, liaising with Sassoon Hospital, agencies connected to mental health delivery, schools, in Pune, Sattara.

Dr Milavic said: “Having such a large and eager audience of teachers who visibly responded to what we were doing was the high point of our visit. The women in particular seemed emboldened and started asking questions as the teaching went on. It was revealing to see some of the patients the organisers had selected for us. We worked well as a team which was crucial in conveying our message.

Dr Giaroli, “our teaching aimed to provide an evidence-based and de-stigmatising approach to mental illness. The most rewarding moment of the visit was offering a second opinion to children in Satara, who were mainly adolescents with severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and behavioural difficulties. I was astounded by the generosity of their smiles and the gratitude of their few words and opinions.”

“This visit was hard-working, with a lot of teaching which was immensely rewarding”, said Dr Brener. “The most rewarding part of the trip for me was watching the teachers really start to engage in the programme and ask more and more questions. Clearly, this is going to make a difference to the way they teach and assess children. The sea of saris turned into a sea of smiles.”

Dr Horne “It was with uncertainty that I prepared my tasks wondering if the clinical experiences, of treating young people in central London, would mirror or translate to the India experience. During the three days it became abundantly clear the psychological and psychiatric needs of young people in India are not fundamentally different and present a pressing problem to those working with them. The significant difference between London and Pune however was the level of available resources to respond to this need. While even back in the UK Child and Adolescent Services are under increasing pressure, with growing waiting lists, in India the development of services has a shorter history and there are very few Child Psychiatrists in the entire country.

This brought home the importance of our short teaching program, as a very small but hopefully helpful contribution to raising awareness and supporting those colleagues who are working in the field.

Pune Concernf For Mental Health 2019