You can sign up for the Course “Understanding STIGMA and Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills”

6 Jul 2021
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The purpose of this course, online self-learning & tutor-guided, is to reduce mental health-related stigma and improve clinical and management skills among primary care providers when working with individuals that are experiencing mental health challenges.

This Course includes the following topics: Raising Awareness, The impact of Stigma, Challenging Stigma & Discrimination, Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills & Self-Management Strategies, Problem and Strength-based Assessment to Action Planning, Common Mental Health Challenges in Primary Care, Depression and Anxiety Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

The PAHO Mental Health Unit in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, developed a modified version of the Understanding Stigma / Cognitive Behavioral skills in-person training for primary healthcare providers.

For whom?

Primary care practitioners from Caribbean countries, including:

  • MD general practitioners, specialized nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists and other mental health care providers directly involved in health services user care.
  • Two or more years of clinical working experience in health care at the primary care level (preferably in mental health services).
  • Interested in enhancing their capacity to understand stigma and implicit biases when treating mental health services user within their Primary Health Care networks.
  • Have the support of the Ministry of Health /Supervising Body and from their own institutional work supervisors.


This course will be delivered via PAHO’s Virtual Campus for Public Health as a blended online self-learning & tutor-guided course.



July 30, 2021

Course will start August 11th to November 30, 2021

Sign up for the course

The process includes account set-up, application, selection and course enrollment, which takes place online through PAHO’s Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH).

How can I do it?

Create a user account on VCPH at, by clicking on “Create account” at the top of the webpage. Once logged-in, click on the tab “Call for applications”, and then on the application form to fill it.  Provide the required documentation online by the deadline (July 30, 2021).