The ISTSS/Rand Guidelines on Mental Health Training of Primary Healthcare Providers for Trauma-Exposed Populations in Conflict-Affected Countries


  • Funding was provided by the RAND Corporation, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Jerome Frankel Foundation

  • Task Force Members and Contributors: Ferid Agani, Sayed Azimi, Florence Baingana, Eduardo Cazabat, Sotheara Chimm, David Eisenman, Bonnie Green, Alison Holman, Timothy Holtz, Vincent Iacopino, Joop de Jong, Nira Kaplansky, Allen Keller, Mooli Lahad, Malik Mubbashar, Srinivasa Murthy, Lisa Meredith, Mark Van Ommeren, Daniel Mosca, Mary Ngoma, Nadine Rayburn, Daya Somasundaram, Bradley Stein, Willem Van de Put, Peter Ventevogel, Andrés Villaveces, Beverly Weidmer, Stevan Weine, Suzanne Wenzel, Ken Wells, Marlene Wong


Mental health care for trauma-exposed populations in conflict-affected developing countries often is provided by primary healthcare providers (PHPs), including doctors, nurses, and lay health workers. The Task Force on International Trauma Training, through an initiative sponsored by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the RAND Corporation, has developed evidence- and consensus-based guidelines for the mental health training of PHPs in conflict-affected developing countries. This article presents the Guidelines, which provide a conceptual framework and specific principles for improving the quality of mental health training for PHPs working with trauma-exposed populations.