All Psychologists (n=19) working in the three FCPUs of Khartoum State were informed on the objectives of the study and were included in the study after getting their informed written consents for participation.
In addition, the respondents were asked about the in-job measures used by FCPUs.
Figure (1) shows the academic qualifications of the psychologists working in FCPUs in Khartoum state.
Table (3) revealed that 63.2% of the psychologists (12/19) had previous supervision work experience before joining FCPUs, and 36.8% did not have it.
Figure (3) shows the measures that are used by FCPUs to improve the performance of the psychologists.
Figure (3) Measures used by FCPUs to improve psychologists' performance Yes No No answer Existing Guidelines 100% (n = 18) Techincal Supervision 77.80% 6.70% 5.50% (n=18) Work performance 79% 21% assessment (n=19) Career Advancement 100% (n=19) Note: Table made from bar graph.
Pre-tested, well structured, self-administered questionnaire was distributed to the psychologists working in the three FCPUs, in addition to those working in the head quarter (HQ).
The study showed that most of the psychologists working in the FCPUs are females (84.2%) with mean age of 31.88 years [+ or -] 5.56 ranging from 22 to 44 years.
The vast majority of the psychologists in the three FCPUs are under qualified academically and inexperienced in dealing with and treating abused children (for holding such a post), in which only 21.2% of them having master degree, which is the minimum degree to be held in some provinces of Canada (McDonald 2014) and United States (Richmond 2015) in order to be classified as licensed and qualified psychologists.
Despite all of that, it seems that FCPUs are doing their best to enhance knowledge and experience of their current psychologists through regular courses, career advancement, work performance assessment and providing technical supervision.