EQUIP: Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support

EQUIP: Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support

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EQUIP used a consensus building approach including key stakeholders to assist the development of evidence-informed competency-based training materials and guidance; as well as evidence-based competency assessment tools, to support helpers. The EQUIP tools and resources offer an approach to improve competency in core skills and can be used alongside existing training and supervision programs.

EQUIP competency assessment tools focus on assessing demonstrated skills; they are not written knowledge tests. These assessments help inform trainers and supervisors on their trainees’ progress and areas where they need more practice. 

EQUIP users typically pair the competency assessment tools with a brief role-play (which resembles an interaction of a helper and person using the service) before, during or after training and supervision. EQUIP assessments may also be applied to recorded or live sessions with real clients. An easy-to-use software platform supports the assessments and provides detailed feedback to trainers and supervisors. 

EQUIP resources have been tested in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Peru, Uganda and Zambia with the results demonstrating training improvements in groups that used the EQUIP platform. For example, use of EQUIP in Lebanon with children and adolescents led to an increase in mastery of core helping skills compared to standard training approaches.


EQUIP Courses:  

1How to use Digital EQUIP

The digital platform will make your assessments easier in every way. In this course we will walk you through the platform and show you how to use it, to ensure that competency -based assessment using our digital platform can be as smooth and easy as possible.


02. Getting Started with Digital EQUIP

Everything you need to know to get started with Digital EQUIP 


03. What is EQUIP Competency-Based Training and Supervision?

This course provides a brief overview of EQUIP. You will learn details about EQUIP, the EQUIP assessment tools and different ways in which they could be applied to your training(s) and/or supervision.



04. EQUIP competency assessment tools

In the last course you learned about competency-based training and why this is good and why it’ll change the world of MHPSS training as we know it! Now you’ll learn about the tools in EQUIP


05. Using EQUIP assessment tools

The course starts with a brief overview of different ways in which the tools can be used and then outlines specifics of the core EQUIP tools: ENACT, WEACT and GroupACT.


06. How to turn my training into a competency-based training

This course provides a more detailed look at the benefits of competency-based training and the practical steps of converting your curriculum into competency-based training.



07. Introducing role-play assessments during training and supervision


This course takes you through the steps of discussing EQUIP competency assessments with your Helpers so that they understand and are engaged in the process.


08. Feedback in competency-based training

In this course, we will focus on the practical elements for giving helpful feedback in competency-based training. This includes when and how to provide feedback, how to prepare it and how to managed common challenges that may arise.



09. Overview of how to establish standardised use of EQUIP competency assessment tools

The course provides a brief overview of how to plan, prepare and run a competency-based training when taking a standardised approach to the use of EQUIP competency assessment tools.


10. Benefits of structured role play assessment

In this course, we discuss the use of standardised role-plays, why they are important and how they can be conducted within a standardised approach.


11. Training people as raters and actors

In this course, we will get an overview of the role of raters and actors. In the module on training raters, we will discuss more about a standardised approach to competency assessments and rating, why it’s important to establish it before the training, and how to create a standardised approach for ENACT scores. In the module on training actors, we will discuss who can be an actor, how to be a prepared actor and the tops tips for ensuring successful role plays with an actor.


12. EQUIP Competency-Based Training (full course)

EQUIP competency-based training allows you to scale your training whilst ensuring all your helpers are trained effectively and safely. This course will walk you through what competency-based training is, with practical steps to help you start to use this method with your trainings.



13. Providing Psychological Care Remotely

This course is for people who are currently trained in providing psychological care. You will learn important information about the steps you will need to adapt your skills for remote work. Transitioning into providing care remotely is essential for supporting individuals during health emergencies and global crises.


14. Supervision of Helpers for Remote Psychological Care

This course is designed for people providing supervision to helpers remotely. You will learn how to prepare for remote supervision, support helpers who are new to providing remote psychological care, and techniques to adapt your supervision for remote sessions.


15. Assessing and Supporting People With Suicidal Behaviours

This course will help you to understand the different terms and concepts related to suicide. It will describe ways you can speak with people about suicide, important things to consider when assessing for suicidal behaviours, and how best to respond if a person is at risk of suicide. The course also addresses common myths about suicide.


16. Assessing and Supporting People Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

This course will help you understand intimate partner violence (IPV), types of IPV, and warning signs for risk. You will also learn how to assess, respond to, document and report IPV risk in your clients.



Task sharing
Training, education and capacity building
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
All mental health conditions
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Central America and the Caribbean
Middle East
North America
South America
Children and adolescents
Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
Families and carers
Humanitarian and conflict health
Maternal and neonatal health
Minority populations
Older adults
Primary care