1st Edition

Global Mental Health Training and Practice An Introductory Framework

Edited By Bibhav Acharya, Anne E. Becker Copyright 2024
    286 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The enormous health and social burdens associated with mental disorders have global reach and persist in the setting of unmet needs. To address these, the pipeline of global mental health trainees must be expanded and nurtured as the next generation of practitioners, investigators, and educators advance innovation in mental health prevention, promotion, and health delivery. This book offers a much-needed introduction to the rapidly evolving field of global mental health. The editors bring their extensive expertise and experience in global mental health research, practice, and training, which includes working in academic and non-profit settings, building collaborations, and teaching hundreds of students and trainees. The volume’s 12 chapters - authored by over 60 contributors from multiple disciplines - offer a breadth of content that comprises an introductory framework.

    This volume is an essential read for learners and educators who seek to explore or deepen their interest in the field of global mental health. Its orientation to fundamentals of practice and training and contextualization with social science perspectives will also be invaluable to health professionals, social scientists, policymakers, and other professionals who are invested in training the next generation of global mental health practitioners.

    Introduction: Why an Orientation to Global Mental Health Training and Practice

    for Learners and Educators?

    Bibhav Acharya and Anne E. Becker

    Section I: Social and Historical Contextualization of Global Mental Health

    1. The Colonial and Postcolonial Roots of Global Mental Health Efforts

      Jonathan Sadowsky and Jeremy Greene

    2. Resocializing Global Mental Health: What Anthropological Perspectives Offer to Learners, Educators, and Practitioners

      Anne E. Becker and Arthur Kleinman

    3. Promoting Global Mental Health Equity in Training Programs: Establishing Ethical and Reciprocal Partnerships

      James Griffith, Michael Morse, Samah Jabr, Sherein Abdeen, and Sauharda Rai

      Section II: Strategies for Training in Global Mental Health

    4. Developing a Global Mental Health Training Curriculum

      Bibhav Acharya, Colin Buzza, Jennifer Guo, Madhur Basnet, Erick Hung, and Craig Van Dyke

    5. Mentorship in Global Mental Health

      Brandon A. Kohrt, David Citrin, Bikash Gauchan, Dristy Gurung, Manaswi Sangraula, Byamah B. Mutamba, Bonnie N. Kaiser, Abdelrhman Elnasseh, Markos Tesfaye, Eshetu Girma, Nilanga Abeysinghe, Pragya Rimal, and Joop T.V.M. de Jong

    6. Implementation of Integrated Care Models: Lessons for Training and Practice in Low-Resource Settings

      Christopher Kemp, Lydia Chwastiak, Inge Petersen, Arvin Bhana, Bradley H. Wagenaar, Jürgen Unützer, and Deepa Rao

    7. Educational Partnerships: Addressing Challenges in Meeting Trainee Goals with Established or New Global Mental Health Educational Programs

      Carla Marienfeld, Xinran Hu, Yang Yang, Zhening Liu, Eve Lasswell, and Robert M. Rohrbaugh

    8. Mobilizing a Range of Resources to Advance Research and Service in Global Mental Health Training

      Pamela Scorza, Brian Neff, Tahilia J. Rebello, LeShawndra Price, Matias Irarrazaval, Lidia Goveia, David Ndetei, Victoria Mutiso, Andre Fiks-Salem, Liza Magill, Victoria Leonard, Milton Wainberg, and Kathleen M. Pike

    9. Student Engagement in Global Mental Health: Perspectives on Curricular, Extracurricular, and Advocacy Opportunities

      Brendan Eappen, Nick Seymour, Matthew Basilico, Georgina Miguel Esponda, Concilia Tarisai Bere, and Helen Jack

      Section III: Additional Areas for Special Focus in Global Mental Health Training

    10. Training for Humanitarian Crisis Response and Mental Health System Reform

      Giuseppe Raviola, Rabih El Chammay, Amruta Houde, Sarah Singer, and Stephanie L. Smith

      11. Neurology in Global Mental Health Delivery and Training

      J. Reginald Fils-Aimé and Aaron L. Berkowitz

    12. Substance Use Disorders in Global Mental Health Delivery and Training

    Hilary S. Connery, R. Kathryn McHugh, Meghan Reilly, Sonya Shin, and Shelly F. Greenfield


    Bibhav Acharya, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at UCSF, where he sees patients, conducts research, and directs a fellowship in global mental health. He is the co-founder of Possible, a non-profit that has administered over $35 million in healthcare innovation in rural Nepal.

    Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD, is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, and Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs at Harvard Medical School.

    "This is a monumental piece that provides an entry point for learners—and their mentors, too—to explore key dimensions of global mental health research and practice. It is grounded, wise, and practical. An inclusive approach is critical, and here the many diverse authors show us a path forward." – Dr. Elizabeth H. Bradley, President of Vassar College, and Founder of Yale Global Health Leadership Institute.

    "Global mental health can often be seen as something that academics write about and discuss with other academics in scientific conferences. The book by Acharya and Becker clearly and conclusively demonstrates that key lessons of global mental health can be learned and practiced much more widely and can change the way mental health is conceptualized and delivered. A must read for all teachers, students, and practitioners of mental health everywhere!" – Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Former Director, Mental Health, World Health Organization.

    "This Introductory Framework relies on the distillation of decades of work in global mental health to offer learners and their mentors an outstanding balanced grounding in this increasingly fundamental approach to overcoming the worldwide impact of racism, colonialism, and economic exploitation. Its chapters cover conceptual foundations, history, overall practical guidance, specific applications, case examples, research agendas, and current critiques. It’s a terrific one-volume introduction to everything one needs to know in global mental health." – Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University; Director, Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and Research Area Leader, Anxiety, Mood, Eating and Related Disorders, New York State Psychiatric Institute.

    "The Global Mental Health field has matured. It’s the urgently needed "next system" to deliver on the increasingly acknowledged priority of safeguarding mental health across all levels of governance. It brings an overdue makeover to long dominant Global North over-medicalized traditions, and rigor and space to a more Global South epistemology that converges holistic, social, and empowering ground rules. A harvest of wisdom on how to grow and teach that is wonderfully brought together in this important and timely volume." – Dr. Gary Belkin, Director, Billion Minds Project, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Chair, COP2.