The Global Mental Health Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)
By Gemima St. Louis, PhD, and Jill Betz Bloom, PhD
The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) has introduced a new master’s program in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health (GMH), designed to prepare students for a career caring for traumatized people and communities here and abroad. Now in its second year, it is the first program of its kind in New England, and one of the few nationwide that meets requirements for licensure as a mental health professional. Commenting on the uniqueness of this program, faculty member Richard Mollica, MD, a pioneer in global mental health and director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, stated, “this degree will be a license to do idealistic work and get paid for it. I call it employable idealism.”
Each year nearly a billion people are left traumatized by war, natural disasters, gender and ethnic oppression and violence around the globe. The GMH curriculum exemplifies MSPP’s core values of rigorous integrated academic instruction with substantial clinical experience. Both coursework and fieldwork address the orientation of mental health support where Western constructs may not apply. Specifically, students are challenged to develop a theoretical and clinical approach for how mental health workers with a western education can provide meaningful support across cultural contexts.
For further information about the program, please contact: Program Coordinator, Jill Betz Bloom, PhD, or visit MSPP.