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The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education


GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program

Next Course date to be determined

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and the Harvard Medical School are offering an extraordinary two-week online certificate program, Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery. The program provides training for health care practitioners, humanitarian relief workers and policy planners addressing the health and mental health sequelae of trauma. The curriculum is adaptable for diverse populations and global environments affected by violence and natural disasters.

The Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program is the first of its kind in global mental health, trauma, and post- conflict/disaster recovery. The major rationale for this Certificate Program emerged from 30 years of clinical care, training and research by the faculty with survivors of violence and natural disasters throughout the world.

In collaboration with Caritas Rome, Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and the World Bank, HPRT and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) developed the global Project 1 Billion: International Congress of Ministers of Health for Mental Health and Post-Conflict Recovery. In December 2004, this project brought together Ministers of Health from the world’s post-conflict countries to endorse a science-based, culturally effective and sustainable Mental Health Action Plan and Book of Best Practices for post-conflict recovery. Project 1 Billion revealed the great need for the education and capacity building of health care professionals, international relief workers and policy makers in the area of mental health. This Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program is a major result of Project 1 Billion.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and a certificate of participation with continuing medical education credits from Harvard Medical School.


Mission and Learning Objectives

More than one billion people have been affected by violence and disaster throughout the world. Our mission is to maximize a scientific and cultural approach and methodology to reduce suffering, minimize disability and increase resiliency for survivors of violence worldwide. This Program offers a transformative training experience to create a network of global leaders in mental health recovery.

Upon completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate science, culture and evidence-based knowledge and practices in policy planning, clinical care, humanitarian, and human rights activities.
  2. Implement and use advances in the neurosciences and cultural knowledge of the clinical care of traumatized persons, their families, and communities.
  3. Define effective scientific approaches for the care of survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial trauma, and climate change.
  4. Demonstrate new leadership skills into program development, clinical care and research.
  5. Implement culturally sensitive and effective evaluation approaches into the work environment.
  6. Apply professional development and ethics in working with vulnerable groups and communities.


Learning Approach

Two-week online training

The program participants will receive the textbook Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery: A Companion Guide for Field and Clinical Care of Traumatized People Worldwide. Lectures to be presented by globally recognized leaders in their respective fields and will follow the eight dimensions of the Global Mental Health Action Plan.


Course Format

The course will run April 19 – 23 (Monday – Friday) and April 26 – 30 (Monday – Friday) 2021. The daily format will be as follows (all times are US Eastern Time):

9:00 AM  – 11:00 AM – Lecture

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Break

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM – Lecture

Video lectures will be archived for access at a later time. Instructions for access will be provided after registration.



The program emphasis is on learning an integrated holistic approach to policy planning and clinical care using the Mental Health Action Plan.

Topics include:

  • Phenomenological theory of trauma and recovery developed by HPRT and international colleagues over 30 years
  • Epidemiology and the neuroscience of trauma
  • The Global Mental Health Action Plan
  • Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Mental Health and Medical Disorders
  • Scientific (Evidence-Based) and Culturally Valid Best Practices
  • Health and mental health impact of COVID-19 pandemic; racial trauma, and health disparities
  • Tele-Health and sustainable care
  • Human Rights and Rebuilding Social Capital
  • Working in Interdisciplinary Medical Teams
  • Economic Development, including use of HIT innovations
  • Research Methods
  • Outcome Evaluations



Richard F. Mollica, Director, GMHTR Certificate Program, MD, MAR, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Massimo Ammaniti, MD, Child Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst; Honorary Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Former Chairman of the Faculty of Infant and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at University of Rome La Sapienza.

Eugene F. Augusterfer, LCSW, Deputy Director and Director of Telemedicine for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT); Co- Founder, World Bank Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group; Former Lecturer, Georgetown University Graduate School of Public Health. World Economic Forum, Wellness Initiative.

Omar Bah, PsyD, Founder and Executive Director: The Refugee Dream Center, Inc., Rhode Island, Author of the book “Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist”

Sondra Crosby, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Departments of Medicine, and Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights; Member, Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center.

Anna Detheridge, Founder and President of Connecting Cultures, Foundation for the Arts and Interdisciplinary Research, Milan Italy, writer lecturer and journalist in the field of Visual Artes Design and Rights.

Vincenzo Di Nicola, MPhil, MD, PhD, FRCPC, DFAPA, FCPA, President, Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry, President-Elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Addictions, University of Montreal, Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University.

Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Associate Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Heidi Kerko, JD, Director of RJRI which funds research related to transitional justice mechanisms, localized indigenous justice practices, international courts, and commissions in order to understand how the pursuit of justice affects a survivor’s mental health and their community.

Maria Leister, JD, Associate Director of Leadership Development Business Development at Kotter International. Fellow at Harvard University Office of the President. Former Administrative Director Harvard Defenders and Founder and Director Emerging Leaders at Harvard Law School.

Jutta Lindert, PhD, MPH, MA, Professor of Public Health, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Emden, Germany; WRSC Brandeis University, Waltham, USA.

Laura McDonald, PhD, MALD, Operations and Evaluations, Education Global Practice, World Bank. Co- Founder, World Bank Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group.

Giovanni Muscettola, MD, Former Chairman, Professor and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University Medical School “Federico II” Napoli, Italy.

Raewyn Mutch , MD, MBChB (Otago), DipRACOG, FRACP, PhD (UWA), Special Consultant Pediatrician, Refugee Health and General Pediatrics, Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth, Western Australia (WA); Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Refugee Health Service, Perth, Children’s Hospital Western Australia.

Giampaolo Nicolais, PhD, Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Chairman of the Department of Clinical Psychology “Sapienza” University of Rome.

Kelly O’Donnell, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CEO, Member Care Associates, Inc., Geneva, Switzerland, WFMH Representative to the United Nations.

Michèle Lewis O’Donnell, PsyD, Consulting Psychologist, COO, Member Care Associates, Inc., Geneva, Switzerland, WFMH Representative to the United Nations.

Taiwo Lateef Sheikh, MBBS, MSc, FWACP, Neuropsychiatrist, Medical Director/CEO, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria; Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Psychiatry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Derrick Silove, AM MB ChB (Hons I), FRANZCP, MD (Research), FASSA, Emeritus Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Board Member, STARTTS, NSW, Clinical Psychiatrist, East Coast Psychology and Psychiatry, Sydney.

Theoni Stathopoulou, PhD, Research Director, National Centre for Social Research, Greece. Former member of the National Council for Research and Innovation and the Hellenic Foundation of Research and Innovation. National Coordinator of ESS-ERIC, Member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC-Eurostat) on the Hellenic Statistical Advisory Board (SYELPESS).

Frederick (Jerry) Streets, MDiv, MSW, DSW, LICSW, Former Chaplain, Yale University, Professor (adjunct), Yale University Divinity School and Columbia University School of Social Work.



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates the online activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Explanation of Credit Award: Participants can earn up to 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Participation in the course is required to receive CME credits and HPRT’s certificate of completion.


Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies:

Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, System-Based Practice, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Medical Knowledge.

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies:

Provide Patient-Centered Care, Employ Evidence-Based Practice, and Work in Interdisciplinary Teams.


Who should apply? 

Health care workers including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other public health professionals; policy planners, lawyers, human rights workers, educators, and journalists working with populations that are survivors of violence and/or disasters.


Admissions criteria 

Several criteria will be used to assess eligibility for the Certificate Program, including:

  • A prior graduate level degree and experience in the health-related sector, including humanitarian workers.
  • Field workers without a graduate degree with equivalent field experience can apply.
  • Interest and career aspirations in caring for traumatized populations.
  • Access to computer and internet.
  • Written, spoken, and reading proficiency in English.



The tuition fee is $2,000.00 USD, which includes all course materials including the Textbook of Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery –A Companion Guide for Field and Clinical Care of Traumatized People Worldwide in e-book form and the HPRT Clinical Toolkit in e-form.


Course Complete



Refund Policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior to the start of the course. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.


Program Director: Professor Richard F. Mollica, MD MAR


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