Mental Health Clinic in Kigali, Rwanda
In collaboration with local clinicians, we aim to provide advanced trainings, continuing education units, employment opportunities, and best practice research for mental health professionals in Rwanda to ensure the best care possible for those who are experiencing the effects of trauma.
Rwanda has provided a template for recovering from trauma on a macro scale, from a trauma-informed perspective. In Rwanda's recovery from the 1994 genocide, efforts to eradicate gender-based violence, interpersonal violence, racism and poverty remain. Division of its’ population was also a major contributing factor, which Rwanda has addressed by eliminating the possibility of a polarized population divided by class through its’ legal system. Fundamental to it's recovery efforts, acknowledgment of trauma along with the expectation that the entire population will invest in their community and are accountable for recovery efforts, is integral to public policy.
Over the past three years, our center has worked in partnership with Global Engagement Institute (GEI) and the University of Rwanda to provide a multicultural platform for learning about trauma. We have learned so much from the Rwandan population as they continue to recover from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi with grace and integrity. In an effort to continue to assist in capacity building and learn from Rwanda and other cultures worldwide, we have expanded our interests and will be opening a multicultural, integrative teaching clinic in Kigali, Rwanda this upcoming November. Achieving this goal required the establishment of a non-profit organization that focuses on global mental health, which was the impetus behind the establishment of Integrative Trauma Treatment International. Our clinic will be located on the University of Rwanda campus in Kigali, Rwanda. The clinic will provide a platform for learning alongside Rwandan clinicians through ongoing cultural exchange, research, and multicultural trauma trainings that occur bi-annually. The clinic will increase access to specialized care and support Rwanda in its fight against PTSD.
While our initial efforts begin in Rwanda, we hope to continue to expand our global partnerships and learn from other cultures around the world.
International professionals and students interested in trauma treatment have the opportunity to travel to Rwanda, enjoy cultural and thematic introductions, earn continuing education units and join Rwandan clinicians and students in a training workshop on multicultural trauma treatment.
Read more about the program here.