About the course
The Summer Institute in Global Mental Health (GMH) is a 6-day training program in the Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Gap (mhGap) Humanitarian Intervention Guide (HIG). This training is designed for mental health and allied specialists, non-specialists, and students working with populations exposed to severe adversities and trauma.
Through a combination of hands-on training, didactic presentations, case studies, live demonstrations, and experiential exercises, trainees will gain knowledge on four essential mental health care elements:
WHO Mental Health Gap Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGap-HIG)
The mhGAP-HIG provides non-specialists with first-line assessment and management recommendations in the face of humanitarian emergencies where treatment options are limited. It covers acute stress, grief, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, epilepsy, harmful substance use and risk of suicide.
Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT-G)
IPT-G is an evidence-based treatment widely used for adolescents and adults struggling to adapt in the aftermath of adversity. IPT has been tested for feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness, and sustainability in a number of landmark randomized controlled trials. Both the WHO mhGAP and UNHCR guidelines recommend the manual as an effective first line of treatment for depression delivered by non-mental health specialists in low- and middle-income countries. On the World Mental Health Day (October 10th, 2016), the WHO launched a global dissemination of the Group IPT Manual. This document will serve as the guide for the current training: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250219/1/WHO-MSD-MER-16.4-eng.pdf
Family Engagement Strategies
Family support during episodes of mental illness is critical for recovery. In many regions the stigma of mental illness results in withdrawal of family support during episodes, when the person needs it most. We will train on family engagement strategies, which families have found helpful in our work around the globe.
Management of Suicide Risk
Risk assessment and evidence-based brief psychosocial interventions to mitigate suicidal risk in emergency settings will be covered, with an emphasis on the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI). SPI is an evidence-based, stand-alone intervention that has its roots in a brief cognitive therapy (CT). It is designed to manage and mitigate the risk for suicide, especially in acute care settings, such as trauma centers, crisis hotlines, psychiatric inpatient units and emergency departments.
- Certificate of attendance and in Group (Level A) Training in Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy will be provided upon completion of the course.
The workshop 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
Lena Verdeli, Ph.D., M.Sc., Teachers College, Columbia University Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Global Mental Health Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University. Lena Verdeli has been teaching graduate psychology students, psychiatry residents and fellows on resea...
Kathleen F. Clougherty is a senior Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) trainer and supervisor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Instructor in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (In Psychiatry) at Columbia University, an instructor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a pri...
Peter Ventevogel is a psychiatrist and a medical anthropologist. Since October of 2013 he is the Senior Mental Health Expert with UNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations. From 2008-2013 he was the editor-in-chief of Intervention, Journal for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Confl...
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