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Global Mental Health Summer Institute

July 5 - 10, 2018

July 5, 2018 - July 10, 2018

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET Each Day

Registration Fee: $1750


  • 25% discount will specifically be offered to all students (Teachers College/Columbia University and non-Teachers College/Columbia University)
  • 25% discount will specifically be offered to all Teachers College/Columbia University alum
  • 20% discount will be offered on the registration cost to groups of 3 or more participating from the same institution.

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Continuing Education:
4 CEUs - Teachers College, Columbia University

Social Work Credits from the Columbia School of Social Work - 42 contact hours (4.2 CEUs) - $50 CEU fee

Academic Credit:
TC Students can now register for credit, for more information please contact

The Summer Institute in Global Mental Health (GMH) is a 6-day training program (Level A) in the Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the WHO Mental Health Gap Humanitarian Intervention Guide. This training is designed for mental health and allied specialists, non-specialists, and students working with populations exposed to severe adversities and trauma.


Dr. Lena Verdeli, Ph.D, MSc., Assoc. Professor, Director of Clinical Training & Director of the Global Mental Health Lab, Clinical Psychology Program, Teachers College, Columbia University and lead author of the Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G) manual, WHO, with Kathy Clougherty, and Myrna Weissman, Ph.D, senior author.


Kathleen Clougherty, LC.S.W, a renowned trainer in IPT, in both US care systems (such as the VA), and in collaboration with Dr. Verdeli, in low-resource settings globally.


Peter Ventevogel, MD, Ph.D., Senior Mental Health Officer, UNHCR and lead editor of the World Health Organization mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG).

Through active learning strategies, trainees will gain knowledge on four essential mental health care elements:

  1. Group IPT WHO manual (July 7-9): as used in low-resource regions (such as Uganda, Kenya, Haiti etc.). Group IPT 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 the global dissemination of the Group IPT Manual:
  2. Mental health assessment in emergency settings using the World Health Organization mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG) (July 5-6). 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.
  3. Family engagement strategies (July 10). 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.
  4. Management of suicide risk (July 10). 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.

For this hands-on training workshop, a combination of didactic presentations, case studies, live demonstration, tapes, and experiential exercises will be used.

* Certificate of attendance and in Group (Level A) Training in Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy will be provided upon completion of the course.

Missions and Goals:

The mission of the Institute is to play a leading role in the training and knowledge-sharing of evidence-based practices to enhance the resilience and optimal adjustment of individuals, families and communities that have endured extreme adversities and disasters. We plan to do so by conducting the proposed annual workshop and gradually develop a learning structure that includes supervision for a community of learners dedicated to the mission.

The Institute will include four essential components:

  • Mental Health Gap Action Program Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG), July 5-6
  • Group (Level A) Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G), July 7-9
  • Management of Suicide Risk, July 10
  • Family Engagement Strategies, July 10

The learning objectives around the four essential components:

  • To train participants (Level A) in Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy manual focused on the basic principles, strategies, and techniques of IPT-G for treatment of depression and post-traumatic symptoms.
  • To train participants in the use of the WHO mhGAP-HIG manual with emphasis on case identification.
  • To give participants an experience of how IPT-G is used in low-resource settings for persons affected by extreme adversities.
  • To understand the basic facts about suicide, acquire skills to adequately assess suicide risk, and develop effective plans to mitigate risk.
  • To emphasize the crucial role of family participation in the process of treatment and provide effective strategies for family engagement.

Continuing Education:
4 CEUs - Teachers College, Columbia University

Social Work Credits from the Columbia School of Social Work - 42 contact hours (4.2 CEUs) - $50 CEU fee

Immersion in the mhGAP - Humanitarian Intervention Guide (WHO) and Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy by leading experts Peter Ventevogel, MD (UNHCR), Lena Verdeli, PhD and Kathy Clougherty, LCSW (Teachers College, Columbia University).

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 research and practice of empirically-supported treatments at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Verdeli’s research focuses on prevention and treatment of mood disorders in adolescents and adults and has received numerous federal and foundation grants for her work. She played a key role in the adaptation, training, and evaluation of psychotherapy protocols used by non-specialists in low-resource areas and has collaborated with academic and humanitarian groups in the US and abroad in treatment studies with depressed adults in southern Uganda and war-affected adolescents in IDP camps in northern Uganda; distressed primary care patients in Goa, India; depressed and anxious persons in Haiti; and traumatized internally displaced women in Bogota, Colombia. She has served as a Technical Advisor for the WHO, Division of Mental Health and Substance Use; Chair of the Research Working group for the Family Committee at the UN; Advisory Board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Research and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; and Member of the Mental Health Advisory Board of the Millennium Villages Project of the Earth Institute.

Kathleen F. Clougherty, LCSW, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Instructor in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (In Psychiatry) at Columbia University
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 private practitioner specializing in the treatment of depression in adolescents and adults. She is the co-author, along with Gregory Henrichsen, of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Older Adults. Ms. Clougherty has been a co-developer, on-site trainer and supervisor in several major international IPT studies including an adaptation of individual IPT for adults in rural India, an adaptation of group IPT for depressed men and women in southwest Uganda, and an adaptation of group IPT for depressed adolescents in internally displaced persons’ camps in northern Uganda. She currently is trainer and supervisor for a randomized controlled trial of IPT for older adults with traumatic grief, and she is developing adaptations of IPT for the World Health Organization and the Millennium Villages Project. Ms. Clougherty has done extensive training and supervision both nationally and internationally for social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists. She was trained in IPT by Dr. Gerald Klerman, the co-developer of IPT. Ms. Clougherty received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Peter Ventevogel, M.D., United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Senior Mental Health Expert with the UNHCR
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 Conflict Affected Areas, published by the War Trauma Foundation. He worked with the NGO HealthNet TPO in mental health projects in Afghanistan (2002-2005) and Burundi (2005-2008) and as their Technical Advisor Mental Health in the head office in Amsterdam (2008-2011). In 2011 and 2012 he also worked as psychiatrist with Arq Foundation, the national trauma expert center in the Netherlands. Peter regularly did consultancies for the World Health Organization and the UNHCR in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria. He has been course director of several academic short courses such as the course ‘Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry’ (Amsterdam Masters of Medical Anthropology), and the ‘Practice Oriented Course Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Post Conflict Setting’ (HealthNet TPO, the Netherlands).

Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University:
At the Teachers College Global Mental Health Lab we focus on research and capacity-building in prevention and treatment of mental health conditions in under-resourced communities around the world. Our workshops and projects involve locally relevant assessment of mental disorders, cultural adaptation and testing of interventions, and scaling-up of evidence-based practices to inform policy. Training and research activities at the GMH Lab are conducted by Helen Verdeli and affiliate faculty from Columbia University and other academic institutions around the globe. A number of research activities are carried out by graduate students from the Ph.D. and the M.A. clinical psychology programs at Teachers College.

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The mission of the Teachers College GMH lab is to play a key role in the efforts to reduce the burden of mental illness and increase wellbeing in resource-poor areas around the world. We do this by generating knowledge through innovative research, and by translating this knowledge to develop sustainable mental health services in under-resourced communities. To that end, we conduct training and capacity-building in evidence-based, locally valid, and feasible strategies for prevention and treatment of mental illness.

We train not only mental health colleagues and students but also non-specialists, from primary care personnel to lay people (we were the first team to demonstrate effectiveness in delivering therapy with trained lay community members in Africa). Finally, we service the international mental health community by providing consultation to international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ministries of Health of a number of countries, etc. We are in the process of preparing a manual for global dissemination of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Groups (IPT-G) by the WHO.


  • Assessment: Of local idioms of distress, mental health needs, and attitudes toward illness and treatment; Instrument development and psychometrics; Development of new and validation of existing symptom and functioning scales; Cross-cultural assessment; Assessment of providers' and supervisor's competence and short- and long-term skill retention; Assessment of mental health, health, and non-health outcomes (such as food security and school attendance of children) related to mental health interventions.
  • Training and Capacity Building: Training of trainers methods; Task shifting strategies and capacity building: effective educational strategies of training and supervising adult learners from various educational backgrounds and cultures; Development of e-tools and knowledge management systems in assessment, training, supervision as well as ongoing monitoring and quality improvement of provider performance and patient care.
  • Psychotherapy in Under-Resourced Settings: Evidence-based psychotherapeutic strategies relevant to GMH; Principles of integrating psychotherapeutic strategies; Cultural competence; Principles of selection of interventions tailored to the demands of each setting; Adaptation of psychosocial interventions for cultural relevance; Manualization of treatment.
  • Research/Implementation: Design and implementation of clinical trials and program evaluations; Ethical conduct of cross-cultural research with vulnerable populations; Prevention science; Identification of sustainable delivery routes and principles of services research.
  • Policy: Country-wide mental health situational analysis; Partnering with government and non-government stakeholders to develop and implement mental health policy; International human rights and public health law as related to mental disabilities; Economics in mental health; Service and human resources development.

To be announced soon


Our location

Teachers College, Columbia University is located at 525 West 120th Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway. The closest subway stop is the 116th Street/Columbia University stop, accessed by the 1 train. After getting off the train, Teachers College is a couple of blocks North, about 5 minutes walking distance.

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There are two international airports in the New York City area: (1) JFK international airport; and, (2) Newark International Airport.

TAXI FROM JFK: JFK is located in Queens Borough of NYC. Teachers College, Columbia University is located in the Manhattan Borough of NYC. Taking a taxi would be the most convenient way to reach Manhattan from the JFK airport. It costs about $50 to reach any destination in Manhattan from the JFK, whether it is your hotel or Teachers College, Columbia University.

SUBWAY FROM JFK: Taking the subway from JFK is another option for reaching Manhattan where Teachers College, Columbia University is located. However, this option is much slower (e.g. up to 1 hour and 45 minutes) and rather inconvenient when carrying luggage (up and down several sets of stairs). You can take the airport shuttle to Howard Beach station to board A Train which takes you to 42nd Street/Times Square where you transfer to No. 1 subway train (select the UPTOWN 1 train). You would get off at 116 Street Station, also known as the Columbia University Station.

TAXI FROM NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Newark airport is located in the city of Newark, New Jersey. A taxi from Newark to Manhattan or to the college costs about $50.

TRAIN AND SUBWAY FROM NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: You can also take a train to reach in Manhattan from the Newark Airport. The train will take you from Newark to the Penn Station stop in Manhattan; once there, you can transfer to the No. 1 Subway train, heading uptown, allowing you to reach the 116 Street Station, also known as the Columbia University Station).


TAXI FROM LAGUARDIA: The closest domestic airport is the LaGuardia Airport. A taxi costs about $30-$35 or more to reach most hotels Manhattan, and about $30 to reach Teachers College, Columbia University by taxi.

SUBWAY FROM LAGUARDIA: You can also take bus No. M60 which takes you directly to the West Gate at 116th and Broadway. Teachers College, Columbia University is a short walk, being located at 525 West 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.


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Amtrak involves an approximately $20 taxi ride from 31st and 8th Avenue to 120th and Broadway (525 West 120th Street—between Broadway and Amsterdam). Or, a 20-30 minutes subway ride on the 1 train from 34th street to 116th street. Then walk North to 120th and Broadway.

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