Are you passionate about trauma-related disorders and would like to develop new competencies in a unique multicultural environment? Have you dreamed of visiting Rwanda to learn about the country’s miraculous recovery after the 1994 genocide and ongoing efforts in reconciliation, nation building and trauma treatment?

For the next program dates in November 2017, the Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC) and GEI have partnered with the World Healthcare Students Symposium (WHSS), the largest student conference in the world, to host an extraordinary training retreat as part of the 7th WHSS in Kigali. We invite international professionals and students interested in trauma treatment to travel to Rwanda, enjoy cultural and thematic introductions, and join Rwandan clinicians and students in a WHSS training workshop on Multicultural Trauma Treatment.

The program has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit (38 CE contact hours). ITTC and GEI are solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-2700.

  • Learn about trauma within a multicultural context.
  • Experience a high-level, specialized training that will enrich your practice and expand your skill set.
  • Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your profession.
  • Attend the world’s largest conference for healthcare students.
  • Share your knowledge and gain new insight through a unique African perspective on mental health.
  • Explore an exciting destination and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts.

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What’s Included?

The following in-country arrangements are included in the experience: MTT training and materials, WHSS conference registration, accommodation in mid-range hotels, in-country transportation for the delegation, meals during program activities with one nonalcoholic drink each, program-related activity and entrance fees, full-time delegation management and guiding, 24/7 emergency support from our local program office.

What’s Not?

Not included are the transportation to/from the destination (including international airfare and taxes), visas, travel and medical insurance, immunizations, some of the meals, alcoholic and additional nonalcoholic drinks, personal expenses and other extras.

Host Institutions

The program is based on a collaborative effort between GEI, the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine & Health Sciences and the Integrative Trauma Treatment Center.

The Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC) provides trauma treatment to survivors of physical, emotional and political trauma from a prism of honor, reverence and optimism. It works from the assumption of inherent goodness, health and capacity in all people. ITTC practitioners have various specialties in other arenas of mental health in addition to post-traumatic stress. Trauma is their specialty, which increases their ability to address other concerns with sensitivity, compassion and skill. Medication management, acupuncture/Chinese medicine and massage are offered in conjunction with psychotherapy as an integrative approach to mental health.


The 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium in Kigali

The WHSS is a biennial global multidisciplinary summit that brings together healthcare students and professionals to learn, discuss and draw inspiration from eminent speakers, policy makers and renowned global health leaders.

With an expected 3,000 delegates, WHSS provides a unique platform for participants to debate, build international networks and friendships, and develop collaborative and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing global health challenges.

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