In keeping with our Department’s commitment to innovative quality mental health care for all children and families in need, we have established the Children’s Hospital Global Partnerships in Psychiatry (CHGP). CHGP has two components:
The CHGP Observership Program is a cross-disciplinary program designed for physicians and psychologists residing outside the United States, who have an interest in child and adolescent mental health. The goal of this program is to provide exposure for a cadre of trained individuals from countries all over the world, who can then aid in the development of child mental health policy, foster child mental health clinical programming and otherwise serve as advocates for child mental health care in their respective countries of origin. This program also provides a venue for the faculties and students of Harvard University and other educational institutions in the Boston area to share their interests and activities related to child and adolescent international mental health. The program convenes symposia on selected topics of interest to the Harvard community and other interested parties.
Our Department has faculty involved ongoing collaborations with mental health professionals and academicians from over 17 different countries including China, Costa Rica, Haiti, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Turkey. These collaborations include initiatives to improve access to quality mental health care, establish school-based mental health programs, and provide preventive interventions to families at risk for depression.
As a result of all these activities, our residents have the opportunity to learn directly from colleagues from around the world about the challenges of providing quality mental health care to children and families outside the United States.
Finally, through our Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience, our residents have the opportunity to participate in work with children and families from around the world who have been displaced as a result of war, civil unrest, terrorism, or natural disasters.