Inka Weissbecker

Job role: 
Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor
Member type: 
Practitioner/Implementer
Brief Biography: 

Inka Weissbecker, Ph.D., MPH is the Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor for the International Medical Corps (IMC). In this role, she provides remote and on-site technical oversight and support to IMC project countries in the areas of assessment, program design, project implementation, and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial programs, which include integrated health and nutrition projects n over 20 countries. She has completed field assignments in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Japan. Dr. Weissbecker has been a contributor to several global IASC and WHO guidelines and working groups. She has also served as an NGO representative of the International Union of Psychological Science to the United Nations (ECOSOC and DPI). Her academic credentials include a PhD in Clinical Psychology specializing in health and public sector psychology from the University of Louisville and University of South Florida as well as an MPH in Global Health and Population Studies from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
Central America and the Caribbean
Asia
Europe
Disorders of interest: 
Epilepsy/seizures
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Self-harm/suicide
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders
All disorders
Country: 
United States of America

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Ethnographic Assessment of Psychosocial Needs of Children at Vasilika Camp

International Medical Corps present this summary report on the psychosocial needs of Syrian refugee children living at Vasilika camp, in Greece.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Human rights
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Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees

Technical note from the World Bank Group, making the case for action to meet the mental health needs of displaced people and refugees
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
Approach: 
Human rights
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Integration of mental health and psychosocial support services into primary healthcare in the Middle East

Training healthcare staff and paraprofessionals to provide mental healthcare and expand community and family supports
Region: 
Middle East
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disability
Disorder: 
All disorders
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Integrating MHPSS services in primary health care facilities in post-earthquake Nepal

A program that works with local partners to train general healthcare staff to provide mental health and psychosocial services
Region: 
Asia
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Humanitarian and conflict health
Disorder: 
All disorders
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What is the Mental Health Integration Toolkit and How to Use it - Learn here!

This blog was written by the Technical Advisory Group for the Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit, developed by International Medical Corps. The blog discusses what role the Toolkit will play for the future of mental health integration in humanitarian settings, how it works to close gaps in mental health service delivery and how the Toolkit can be utilized by the different target audiences at different stages of set up.
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How to Assess Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources in Emergency Settings

In this webinar Drs Inka Weissbecker and Wietse A. Tol shared their knowledge and personal examples on the WHO-UNHCR toolkit for humanitarian settings
Approach: 
Training, education and capacity building