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Global Mental Health

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology & Global Mental Health Program (MA)

Each year, nearly a billion people are left traumatized by war, natural disasters and gender and ethnic oppression and violence around the globe. This new MA in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health is designed to prepare students for careers caring for traumatized people and communities in the US and abroad.

global mental healthThis two-year, 60 credit course, which can also be completed in three years part-time, is the first program of its kind in New England, and one of only a few nationwide, that will help students meet requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.

Our distinguished faculty, who have worked with distressed communities and individuals in the US and globally, will immerse students in the skills, knowledge, and professional ethics of this field. Their holistic approach will prepare students to screen, evaluate, diagnose, and treat traumatized patients; assess treatment outcomes; administer health promotion programs, and integrate and use telemedicine and health information technology.

With a degree in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health, students will be ready for positions in health and mental health clinics, non-governmental humanitarian organizations, and in US government and UN

Who should apply? This program is for health and mental health workers, humanitarian and human rights workers, community health clinic workers, and individuals with a BA/BS or higher degree.

"This degree will be a license to do idealistic work and get paid for it. I call it employable idealism," says Dr. Richard Mollica, MSPP Global Mental Health Program senior faculty, pioneer in global mental health and Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. According to first-year Global Mental Health Student John Meigs, "The unique perspective of this program has already influenced how I approach working with substance users in the Boston area. I think this program will set me up to be a more informed and more effective clinician wherever I end up, whether it's in a refugee camp or an office in Cambridge..., or both."

What Students are Saying About the Global Mental Health Program

Omar Rah"To do this work you need a set of skills that only MSPP could give me. I know my work here will enhance my ability to be a community leader in the? field, making MSPP the right place for me," says Omar Rah. "Classes are designed in a way that we can learn from each other, not just from books." ?

Omar RahFatimah Muhammad agrees: "There was nothing like this anywhere else. MSPP's curriculum allows me to fit all of my professional interests together. I love the work as well as being able to collaborate with so many incredible thinkers. It is inspiring to see our cohort and the greater MSPP community being committed to such diversity."

Click here to read our Global Mental Health blog, written by students.

Updated 7/22/14


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