Training and Research

Training and Research

At Chiromo Hospital Group, our mission is to pursue excellence in the delivery of mental health services by adhering to evidence-based practices and mentorship. Training and Research a novel department in the institution is intended to help the hospital achieve its projected vision. The department is now 6-weeks old since its inception.


Chiromo Mental Health Hospital to be the ONLY renowned LEVEL-5 Mental Health Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and beyond the borders.


  1. To develop, plan, implement training programs for all departments within the organization.
  2. Internally to work with all EXCO Members to identify training needs for their departments. 
  3. Externally to partner with learning institutions and corporate organizations (Nationally & Internationally) in training and research activities, such as:
  • • Advance Diploma in Mental Health Practice (ADAMPH) through a partnership with AMREF International University.
  • • Psychological First Aid (PFA) to Pharmaccess, Karen Hospital, CMHH staffs and KDF
  • • Basic Counselling Skills for Mental Health Champions
  • • Mental Health Webinars: US Embassy Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Co-operative bank, MINET Kenya).


  1. Plan and implement educational and training programs.
  2. Design MOU’s with partner organizations.
  3. Research publications.
  4. Empower & raise awareness about mental health through short and long program courses.

Training Arm

Since its inception, we have partnered with Amref International University to teach and provide a practicum site for our first course: Advanced Diploma in Applied Mental Health Practice. It is a 1-year course that is open to everyone who would like to learn more about mental health, research and advocacy.

The course is intended to start in January 2021. Currently, we are receiving applications from both internal and external applicants for the course. We already have a total of 13 students who will form the first cohort of students composed of internal and external students.

Grand Round

The department also coordinates the Grand Round, whose objective is mentorship and learning. We have had 5 successful structured sessions in which cases are presented followed by discussion from the primary Doctor after which the discussion is made open for participants to interact deeply with the presented case and ask questions.

Our current attendance rate has grown from 10 to over 65 participants. The attendance list includes Consultant Psychiatrists, CMHH staff members, The Retreat Rehabilitation Centre, AMREF International University, individual guests who are passionate about mental health and Karen Hospital. The Grand Round will be open to students of the ADAMHP course, who will be expected to present cases for discussion.

We provide training in various short courses related to the field of mental health among them being.

This training is key for both organizations and staffs who are taken through a rigorous training TO equip them with basic skills that they can utilize as first responders in emergencies and also to be aware of when and where to link individuals with professional practitioners.

This training is almost similar to the above and it is key for both organizations and staffs except that in this one participants are taken through a rigorous training to equip them with skills to be trainers of PFA.

Training has been offered to Pharm Access Kenya- September 2020. We trained 22 participants for PFA T.O.T.

Oncoming trainings include:

  1. CMHH Staff- 13th November 2020 – 20 staff members
  2. The Karen Hospital staff: 18-19th November 2020 – 30 staff members
  3. KDF participants 23rd-25th November 2020 – 30 staff members

This is important for workplace Peer Counsellors and Mental Wellness Champions as it gives them basic skills to assist any colleague who may be going through a tough time and may need psychosocial support. This training will also ensure that they are well equipped to identify colleagues who may need further professional support for which they can refer appropriately.

Through partnerships with institutions and research specialists such as; KEMRI, Amref International University, Prof Lukoye Awoli, Dr. Loice Kaigwa among others. We are in the process of publishing research papers based on the data collected on work done through our social media platforms and tele-psychiatry These are but a few of the research projects and programs that are in the advance stages, which we are projecting to publish very soon.

The Academy For Mental Health Practice

A Kenyan Academy that embraces and promotes evidence based mental health practices.

To foster and develop a cadre of mental health practitioners with requisite knowledge, skills and attitude for effective mental health clinical practice.

The mandate of Academy for Mental Health Practice is to:

  • Establish a robust community of practice in mental health care
  • Recognize and register qualified mental health care practitioners Domesticate socio-culturally responsive mental health practices
  • Reduce stigma on mental health illness by increasing awareness and utilization of services
  • Coordinate lobbying and advocacy in mental health
  • Provide continued professional education in mental health care.

In furtherance of this mission and these purposes, the Academy is committed to training,  certification, and research as a means of maintaining competence in promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative mental health services delivery.

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