What is it about?

The importance of our mental health to our overall wellbeing has especially been heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has highlighted the greater need for psychologists in the Caribbean and the gaps within the current training models utilised. I present an organising framework that can be employed to build capacity in and of Psychologists in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Why is it important?

It's crucial to build capacity in mental health for Caribbean psychologists to meet the region's evolving needs. Adequate training ensures they're equipped to address diverse mental health challenges and provide effective care, fostering a healthier community for the future.


I hope this article fuels the training of psychologists in the Caribbean, through the development of the proposed RAISE doctoral programmes. Improving how psychologists are trained, supporting supervisors, and offering more places for practical training will make things better for psychologists and the mental health of people in the English-speaking Caribbean. These changes will also make sure that Caribbean clients get therapies that fit their culture.

Professor Donna-Maria B. Maynard
University of the West Indies

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This page is a summary of: Capacity building in mental health: preparing Caribbean psychologists for the future, The Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice, January 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/jmhtep-08-2022-0067.
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