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Upskilling the People Who Care for the Community

We are committed to advancing the knowledge of the professionals servicing the community. GHI's professional development program provides accessible high level training for mental health professionals. The lectures and workshops are ideal for practicing clinicians with post graduate training in mental health, with the goal of advancing their skill sets, professional knowledge, competency, and overall effectiveness in their treatment.

Ideal For

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Couple and Family Therapists, Addictions Specialists, Sex Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, and Life Coaches.


Our lectures and workshops are presented by experienced clinicians and provide participants with continuing education units (CEU) as required for US licensing bodies.

Interested in Presenting a Lecture?

We are always looking to add quality lectures and workshops to our program. If you have experience presenting to a professional audience, please email us a proposal together with your professional bio.

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Calendar of Events

Doing Therapy with their Eyes Closed - Effective Use of Visualization in Treatment
By: Susan Heitler, PhD

Date: September 9, 2020
Time: 18:30 - 21:30 IST
11:30-14:30 EST
Location: Online

When therapy clients close their eyes, they can see more. That is, they can gain rapid access to their subconscious concerns in the problems that trouble them. Closed eyes also can give them access to the deeper, often childhood, roots of their current emotional and behavioral reactions.

This workshop, which will include interactive role-playing to practice the treatment methods, will teach visualization techniques for treatment of:

a. Counter-productively strong negative emotional reactions that arise either within a treatment session or in daily life

b. Depression

c. Anxiety

d. Anger

e. Counter-productive behaviors, including addictions

f. Couples' negative cyclic interactions

Dr. Heitler delineates her  Bump Theory of negative emotional responses—the theoretical basis for the techniques she will teach in this workshop— and also details the steps for doing each visualization in her books  From Conflict to Resolution and   Prescriptions Without Pills.  Her website offers short video illustrations of the treatment methods.


Dr. Dani Kahn

International Virtual Mental Health Conference: Evidence-Based Modalities in Practice
An Integrative Approach Through a Cultural Lense

Registration Opening Soon
Diagnosing and Treating Selective Mutism
By: Ruth Perednik, PhD

Date: November 15, 2020
Time: 18:30 - 21:30 IST
11:30-14:30 EST
Location: Online

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder in which the child or teen is unable to speak in certain social situations despite having the ability to both understand and use language. It causes social distress and disrupts functioning, and is usually treatable by cognitive-behavioral interventions.

The workshop presents a clinical picture of children with selective mutism, considering how it is caused, common characteristics of children with SM and how it can be effectively treated by therapists, parents and teachers.

The workshop includes:

  • Diagnosing SM: How SM presents in the classroom or kindergarten; early signs of SM.
  • Short videos illustrating characteristics and treatment methods of SM
  • Etiology: genetic factors, characteristic traits, comorbid disorders, environmental factors that act as triggers for SM, maintaining factors.
  • Therapy: we will go through components of therapy which is integrative – including therapists, parents and teachers. We will discuss preventative interventions and high-risk populations.
  • Older children and teens: therapy for young people, differential characteristics and prognosis of teenagers with SM.
  • Guidance for parents of children with SM
  • Guidance and behavior shaping schedules for teachers
  • Overview of up to date research on treating SM
  • Discussion with the workshop participants about their experience with children who have SM.
Dr. Dani Kahn

Working with Adolescents: The Art of Being the Dumbest Person in the Room
By: Liza Kramer, MSc

Date: December 6, 2020
Time: 19:30-21:30 IST
12:30-14:30 EST
Location: Online

Despite endless hours of clinical training or years of professional experience, many clinicians find their expertise come unraveling at the seams in the face of teenage clients.
This two hour workshop will explore ways to develop rapport with teenagers.

The workshop will cover teen development, the gift of authenticity and humor, building ego strength and success stories, and ways to engage a reluctant teen client.

The course which will include case and clinical studies,  will  also encourage clinicians to lean into the discomfort of being unmasked of our credentials, titles or experience in order to show up humbly and connect deeply with a  most vulnerable population desperate to be seen and understood.


Dr. Dani Kahn

How to ACT with Trauma Clients
By: Ethan Eisen, PhD

Date: January 11, 2021
Time: 18:30 - 21:30 IST
11:30-14:30 EST
Location: Online

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an increasingly popular therapeutic approach to help address a wide range of mental health concerns. This 3-hour seminar will focus on useable ACT-based approaches and techniques that clinicians can incorporate into their work with people experiencing trauma-related challenges.

By the end of the seminar, clinicians will gain:

  • An understanding of the core principles of ACT
  • How to formulate cases from an ACT perspective
  • Practical techniques for using ACT in a therapeutic setting
Dr. Dani Kahn