C-TECH’s Clinical Mentoring and Mental Health Integration Workshop April 2024
May 9, 2024

 C-TECH’s Clinical Mentoring and Mental Health Integration Workshop April 2024

Focusing on C-TECH’s Clinical Mentoring Program

C-TECH/I-TECH provides technical assistance to clinicians at HRSA-supported HIV treatment sites through our Clinical Mentoring program. The C-TECH Clinical Mentors support clinicians who care for PLHIV through the provision of updates on HIV treatment guidelines, docket reviews of unsuppressed patients, case consultations, and delivery of didactic presentations to concretize the general management of patients with HIV, with emphasis on the updated MOHW National Guidelines on the Clinical Management of HIV. There is also an effort to ensure that the care provided to the PLHIV population is holistic and integrated to facilitate access to services for Mental Health Disorders and other Non-Communicable Diseases.

Twelve junior HIV clinicians (11 doctors and 1 Family Nurse Practitioner) participated in a Training of Mentee workshop hosted by C-TECH at the Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Trelawny in April. These clinicians will be engaged in clinical mentoring activities in the upcoming year and will be supported by a multi-cadre team of doctors, mental health practitioners, and administrative staff from I-TECH/C-TECH. 

April 2024 Clinical Mentoring Cohort
Dr. Mark Allen, Dr. Dejhano James, Dr. Olufolakunmi Kehinde Dr. Shavoy Davis (back), Dr. Caleisia Mowatt, Dr. Emeka Madsolumuo, Dr. Kaung Kyaw, Dr. Danielle Troupe, Dr. Ocari Osbourne, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pauline Kelly (back), Dr. Priya Bassaragh-Foster and Dr. Jazzmine Robinson.

All mentees will have access to local and international HIV and mental health care resources and learning opportunities, including access to online courses on the Caribbean Health e-Learning Portal, access to a  C-TECH Clinical Mentoring hub which serves as a repository for HIV and Mental health-related resources for clinicians, and the C-TECH Clinical Community of Practice telementoring program.

I-TECH/C-TECH Clinical Mentoring Support Team.

l-R Dr. Clive Anderson, Senior Technical Advisor C-TECH, Dr. Chris Behrens Senior Technical Advisor I-TECH, MsPatricia Hilton, Clinical Program Manager C-TECH, Dr. Nadesha Tugwell-Thomspon, Clinical Program Director C-TECH, Dr. Kadian Pinnock C-TECH Clinical Mentor for Duncans HC, Port Maria HC and St. Ann’s Bay HC, Dr. Robert Watson C-TECH Clinical Mentor for Cornwall Regional Hospital, Montego Bay Type V HC, Lucea HC, and Savanna La Mar Public General Hospital. Mrs. Dorraine Young, Lead Psychologist C-TECH.

Joining Forces to Tackle NCDs!

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) team of Consultants had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, on July 14, 2023. Joined by his NCD team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we discussed the Caribbean Development Bank funded Caribbean Moves project. This initiative aims to improve the health of the Caribbean region and combat non-communicable diseases. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative efforts!

A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 

It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.

Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:

  • Seek for clarity instead of trying to convince yourself of what others are thinking
  • Refrain from personalisation, not everything mentioned is a direct attack on you
  • Invest in self care
  • Set limits
  • Proper nutrition
  • Connect with people

We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout. 

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here is how you can accomplish work life balance

At work    

  • Set manageable goals each day. 
  • Be efficient with your time at work. 
  • Take five. 
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Give yourself a break. 

         At Home

  • Don’t over commit. 
  • Get support. 
  • Stay active. 
  • Treat your body right. 
  • Get help if you need it. 

Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.


Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region. 


With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.

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