GMH Training

For more information see the “Training” section (pages 10-11) in the GMH article:
A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain. The list on this page is not complete.

1. Doctoral programs. 

Chicago School of Professional Psychology, International Psychology, online with concentrations in Organizations/Systems or Trauma Services.

Note: there are a growing number of emphases in psychiatry programs on GMH that include options for training and experience.


2. Masters programmes in global mental health.

MSc Global Mental Health: London-based course taught jointly between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King's College London Institute of Psychiatry. “A postgraduate course designed for students looking to acquire a solid background in all issues relating to Global Mental Health. Masters full-time for one year, or part-time over two years. Gain the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health policies and/or programmes in low resource settings.” Click here for the online prospectus.


MSc Global Mental Health: University of Glasgow, College of Medical. Veterinary, and Life Sciences. “This Masters degree is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. You will gain the skills and knowledge to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental illness worldwide. You will develop the knowledge to integrate your initiatives into the wider aims of international development and address the global inequities in the provision of mental health services. Teaching will be delivered in intensive two-week blocks delivered on campus, enabling you to undertake the programme alongside existing career and training commitments.The learning outcomes...for the programme are based on the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health that were identified in a 2011 issue of Nature. We have collaborative partnerships with organisations working in low and middle income countries. You will have opportunities to complete placements and projects with them.” Click here for the programme brochure and click here for the programme flyer.


International Masters in Mental Health Policies and Services: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas.Provides unique programme of study for students wishing to gain a sound understanding of the issues around the new discipline of Global Mental Health research. Enables students to gain knowledge and skills required to initiate, develop and implement policies in low resource settings and to conduct and critically evaluate research. Excellent preparation for careers in policy, research and work in international agencies. “ Click here from the programme brochure.


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. “Focuses on what is universal in helping individuals, families and communities in distress. How does a mental health professional work with an immigrant from a war torn country who has experienced the horrors of civil war or the brutality of ethnic oppression or terrorism? In addition, the program trains students to be competent and prepared to offer effective and attuned mental health services in international settings. Students will be trained in mental health assessment, treatment planning and intervention, but will then be invited to consider large systems and international issues of public health, economic disparity, heath care access and other pressing issues that impact successful intervention. Graduates will qualify to pursue licensure as Licensed Mental Health Professionals.” Read more about the program  online in the MSPP Rapport (Spring 2012) and see the latest program brochure, Help Heal the World.
3.  Courses
GMH: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program,  Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (on-site learning in Italy, and web-based learning). "The Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program is an innovative training program offering a state-of-the-art cultural and scientific learning experience addressing the needs of traumatized persons and communities worldwide. Experts advance their practice and leadership skills in a new global community of practice. The course offers a blended learning experience with 2 weeks onsite in Italy followed by 5 months on the internet. The program is lead by an internationally acclaimed faculty. Initiated in November 2005, 320 alumni are working in over 80 countries and are able to join a new alumni society. Certificates of completion are awarded by HPRT and the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education." 


Leadership in Mental Health CourseSangath Centre and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine(Goa, India, November).


International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights, Indian Law Society and WHO. "Offered as a distance learning program to accommodate working professionals across the globe, this dipploma enables you to integrate human rights into your practice."


Individual courses as part of graduate studies programs: There are or have been specific GMH courses (GMH overviews) at Duke University (Dr. Brandon Kohrt), George Washington University (Dr, Eliot Sorel), Columbia University (Dr. Kathleen Pike), Fordham University (Dr. Andrew Raasmussen), and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Also note there are ongoing special GMH seminars as part of GMH emphases at Columbia University, Yale University, etc.

Other examples:

--Global Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing--Knowledge Exchange/Summer School. A one-week course offered by the University of Glasgow and University of Rwanda, 15-19 June 2015, Kigali, Rwanda. Contact:


 4. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

 Links for Training in 15 Countries

(e.g., in Asia: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, etc.)


Example: Australia. “Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves (Kitchener & Jorm, 2002). Mental health first aid strategies are taught in training programs developed by the Mental Health First Aid TM Australia (MHFA).”


Example: USA. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders....[It] is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 12-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.”

5. GMH Week+ Geneva: Connecting-contributing via a strategic week of events/activities  (3-11 October 2013)

This is an example of some of the various activities done around World Mental Health Day (related to the Geneva area).

3-4 OctoberWebster University’s Psychology/Counselling Conference--Ties that Heal (existential, interpersonal, neurobiological pathways to healing)

3-4 October: Geneva colleagues will be joining with many others from around the world for the International Forum on Innovation in Mental Health, Lisbon (this is the first technical meeting of the Gulbenkian GMH Platform)

7 OctobermhGAP Forum (focusing on the implementation of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

8 OctoberWorking Consultation—Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Low Resource Countries (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, NGO Forum for Health, USAID Victims of Torture Fund, WHO Collaborating Center on Mental Health of the University of Geneva—Department of Psychiatry) click here for flyer

 8 October: Knitting the Net (informal dinner event for developing GMH connections and sharing GMH reflections)

9 October: MHPSS in Emergencies: How Do the Existing Guidelines Help Practical Applications Across Sectors? (IASC event convened at the United Nations, focussing on the IASC 2007 MHPSS guidelines in emergency settings and subsequent materials for different users/settings)

10 OctoberHidden Pictures part of the worldwide film screening and World Mental Health Day (Webster University, co-organised with the NGO Forum for Health; click here for more information on the Webster University screening and the poster for the Webster University screening; note that the theme this year for WMHD is Mental Health and Older Adults; click here to see the list of previous WMHD themes since the first one in 1992)

11 0ctober: Breaking the Chains of People with Mental Illness in Indonesia (film screening at WHO) 

Kelly ODonnell,
Dec 19, 2012, 6:34 AM
Kelly ODonnell,
Dec 18, 2012, 5:23 PM