Our Projects

IHPA is a Co-sponsor and Partner with Common Bond Institute on these Projects.

Common Bond Institute (CBI) and the International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA) are professional nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations based in the US. In 25+ years we have organized over 45 major international conferences on conflict transformation and social healing in various countries, and numerous capacity building humanitarian and civil society training projects. IHPA and Common Bond Institute work together to provide strategic networking, consulting, coordination support to assist newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing countries, and like-purposed NGOs. You can learn more about Common Bond Institute by visiting CBIWorld.org.

Local Capacity Building

For Social Healing, Sustainable Recovery, Empowerment, Dignity, and Self-determination

Equipping local service providers in regions of conflict with proven and culturally adapted mental health treatment skills for trauma healing to the massive refugee communities in these countries.

Social Health Care (SHC) Training Program

Based on the CTR Model, a comprehensive, local capacity building psycho-social training program designed to:

* Equip hundreds of local students, professionals, NGO staff, and members of refugee communities in proven, culturally adapted mental health treatment skills to heal the trauma of refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq displaced by the civil wars and violence, and to assist unserved members of the local society.

* Provide regular field experience to demonstrate psychosocial methods and supervise trainees in applying and gaining proficiency in learned skills.

* Invest in the human service and educational systems of the host countries by providing a certified practical training curriculum for students and relief workers in the mental health related disciplines.

* Develop an international professional mentor network to support local service providers and newly emerging psychosocial services.

The SHC Program currently includes these components:

Community Based Training Program:

A progressive training and experience in psychosocial support and treatment skills open to all qualified local trainees in countries experiencing violent upheaval and a refugee crisis, and where the local population is unserved or significantly underserved. It prepares both professional and para-professional service providers to quickly provide a progressive range of direct treatment services, from lay support, immediate care, and crisis stabilization, to more in-depth and longer term mental health treatments.


Disaster Health Care Field Clinics

Direct treatment field clinics providing emergency psychosocial and medical services to refugees, while also providing supervised practical field experience for trainees in the Social Health Care training program.


Bi-Regional Cross-Training Project
for Psychosocial Services to Refugees

A bi-regional collaboration between German and Jordanian mental health professional groups to provide effective, culturally adapted psychosocial treatment services to the refugee population in both countries struggling with the refugee crisis.
– Professionals from Jordan and Lebanon providing training in cultural competency and working with large groups to German psychosocial service providers assisting Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers in their country.
– Professionals from Germany assisting Social Health Care training faculty in training local psychosocial service providers in Jordan and Lebanon to help address the refugee crisis there.
The project will be officially launched at the International Conference on The Refugee Crisis in Europe and Middle East, November 1-3, 2016 in Freiburg, Germany)


Certified Diploma in Clinical Social Work

Local Capacity Building in Jordan to Serve Psychosocial Needs

A Certified Practical Diploma program preparing students in Jordan with practical skills training and field experience in psychosocial service skills enabling them to provide critical direct services to at-risk and unserved communities, including refugees. The program is conducted by CBI and certified in partnership with Yarmouk University, Michigan State University, the International Humanistic Psychology Association..


Invitational Training For Clergy and Religious Teachers
Psychosocial Symptoms and Treatment

A 1-Day Inter-religious Training, in partnership with Michigan State University and Dr. Farha Abbasi, MD, providing information to religious professionals on psychosocial symptoms and behaviors, cultural competency, basic responses and supportive counseling skills to assist those exhibiting symptoms, learning when a professional therapist is needed and where and how to refer someone, and handling unique situations and issues clergy and religious teachers encounter with many who are suffering from psychosocial difficulties.


Catastrophic Trauma Recovery (CTR) Model:

A comprehensive, integrated, and interdiciplinary training program in trauma recovery skills intended to quickly equip local professionals and relief workers with trauma treatment skills to assist large populations of civilians and refugees traumatized by war, violence, or natural catastrophe.

The CTR model was developed near the end of the Balkan Wars by CBI, and is adaptable to the local culture, scalable, portable, and sustainable for application in developing countries that are regions of conflict, where the human service infrastructure is either underdeveloped or severely compromised by catastrophic conditions, and where local resources are scarce.


Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us provide local capacity building skills training and life-saving trauma healing services to the most vulnerable.