Orphaned and At-Risk: Responding Globally to the Needs of Children, Pt II

April 1, 2015

Children in low- and middle-income countries have high rates of mental health needs that go untreated. Task-sharing approaches, in which lay counselors deliver mental health interventions, and recognition of the important contextual role of caregivers are both critical for improving outcomes for children and their families.

“Mind the Gap: Addressing Inequality in Global Mental Health Treatment” examines the mental health needs of children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Due to shortages of mental health professionals in these settings, intervention often falls on lay counselors. University of Washington Professor Shannon Dorsey presents findings from studies examining outcomes for orphaned and disadvantaged children who received evidence-based mental health therapies from lay counselors. She also discusses directions for training and scaling these interventions.

Shannon Dorsey, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington