About The Program
The Summer Institute in Global Mental Health is an annual training program designed for mental health and allied specialists, non-specialists, and students working with populations exposed to severe adversities and trauma. Specifically, participants of this 6-day training program learn to use Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG).
The Summer Institute in Global Mental Health is run by the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College and aims to:
- Offer hands-on, interactive learning of the WHO Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy manual focused on the basic principles, strategies, and techniques of Group IPT for treatment of depression and post-traumatic symptoms
- Build knowledge on how Group IPT is adapted and implemented in low-resource settings for persons affected by extreme adversities.
- Offer hands-on knowledge of the WHO mhGAP-HIG manual with emphasis on case identification of psychopathology in humanitarian settings
- Build understanding of basic facts about suicide, acquire skills to adequately assess suicide risk, and develop effective plans to mitigate risk in low-resource regions.
- Emphasize the crucial role of family participation in the process of treatment and provide effective strategies for family engagement
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Certificate in Group (Level A) Training in Group Interpersonal Therapy.
This year, the Summer Institute in Global Mental Health will be held virtually from May 10- May 15, 2022.
Group IPT training is provided by:
- Helen (Lena) Verdeli, Ph.D., M.Sc.
- Kathleen (Kathy) F. Clougherty, L.C.S.W.
WHO mhGap Humanitarian Intervention Guide training is provided by:
- Peter Ventevogel, M.D., Ph.D.
For more information, please visit the Summer Institute in Global Mental Health website.