UNICEF and DCHQ Provide Psychological Care for Vulnerable Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic

20 September 2021

A series of trainings and clinical supervision activities on counseling and psychological support and care for vulnerable adolescent girls are being provided to counsellors and social workers at the Mashhad Adolescent Centre as part of a joint programme between UNICEF and the Drug Control Headquarters (DCHQ) funded by the European Union.

This training program, which is partly organized through virtual platform, started in November 2020 and will continue until October 2021. It will allow technical staff and counselors form the Mashad Adolescent Centre to better assist adolescents to address and mitigate the risk of drug use.

The training sessions focus on a number of topics including; the characteristics of adolescents in Iran; principles and techniques in adolescent interviewing and assessment; cognitive-behavioral therapy; principles of telephone counseling and standards of in-person psychological interventions; crisis and emergency intervention with a focus on COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on adolescent mental health; as well as, principles and standards of drug prevention.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UNCIEF Iran has also worked with its government partners including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports and Youth, and Iranian Red Crescent Society, to facilitate an initiative on “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)” through support for the training of counselors in providing telephone counseling to children, adolescents, youth, and their parents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, UNICEF has trained and certified 135 mental health practitioners (MHP). These MHPs have provided psychosocial support and services to approximately 700 adolescents and youth during 2020 and 2021.

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