Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN)

coinn-logoAs recognized global leaders in neonatal nursing care, COINN is committed to fostering excellence in neonatal nursing, promoting the development of neonatal nursing as a recognized global specialty, high standards of neonatal care, enhancing quality of care for patients and families, decreasing health disparities, and improving healthcare outcomes. Some of COINN’s national organization members include the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses, the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses, the Danish Neonatal Nurses, the Finnish Society of Neonatal Nurses, Neonatal Nurses Netherlands, the Neonatal Nurses College of Aotearoa (New Zealand), the Neonatal Nursing Association of Southern Africa, the Turkish Neonatology Nursing Association and the Neonatal Nurses Association in the UK.

GEI and COINN have signed a comprehensive partnership agreement to launch Engage for Healthy Newborns (EHN), an initiative that responds to targeted capacity development requests of institutional partners such as health ministries in selected host countries. Instead of sending consultants and international development professionals, EHN works through delegations of qualified international and regional volunteers who join forces with local colleagues. These teams pursue a train-the-trainer model, are certified in relevant training modules for neonatal resuscitation and essential care, and gain immediate first-hand teaching experience. Moving far beyond the mere transfer of skills, this concept further increases professional motivation, self-awareness, assertiveness and confidence of all involved. It also creates international professional networks and friendships that are vital for educational and professional advancement.


National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Logo of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)The National Board for Certified Counselors promotes the strengthening of the counseling profession worldwide and programs that increase mental health service access around the world. Its international division, NBCC International, has created the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program to improve access to community-based mental healthcare. Initially conceived in collaboration with WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the curriculum reflects a mLogo-MHFultidisciplinary and multicultural approach that was influenced by counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and members of related professions worldwide.

NBCC International and GEI have formed a partnership to spread the teaching of the MHF program in various countries, and we also partner on other counseling institutes.


Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC)

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) was originally founded in 2012 in the USA by the developers of MSC, Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD. CMSC is an international nonprofit organization – a vibrant center for the learning, teaching and practice of self-compassion worldwide. CMSC’s vision is to contribute to a more compassionate world through cultivating deep understanding and personal practice of self-compassion. It believes that mindfulness and self-compassion are basic human capacities that can be cultivated to support well-being and reduce suffering in the world. It wants to cultivate an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive, and foster a professional global community in service of self-compassion and compassion.

CMSC and GEI have formed a partnership to spread the teaching of the MSC program in various countries, initially starting with Vietnam and Kenya.


Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC)

Based in Portland, Oregon, 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.

ITTC and GEI have formed a partnership to spread the teaching of trauma-informed care in our key destinations. As a start, we provide a Multicultural Trauma Treatment program in Rwanda.


The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Logo - TCNJFounded in 1855, TCNJ is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. It currently hosts more than 6,500 full-time students. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through 7 schools (Arts & Communication, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Science, Engineering, and Nursing, Health & Exercise Science). TCNJ is particularly passionate about its public service mandate to educate leaders of New Jersey, the nation and the world. In recent years, it has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. It is currently ranked as one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nation by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, is rated the No.1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report, and is considered a “best buy” in higher education by both Barron’s and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Furthermore, in 2006 TCNJ was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, an honor shared by less than 10% of colleges and universities nationally.

TCNJ functions as GEI’s main Academic School of Record for our study abroad programs following the signing of a comprehensive academic agreement. Furthermore, TCNJ and GEI partner also on a variety of professional development programs, especially those relating to health.


Anne Frank Project, SUNY-Buffalo State

Logo-SUNY-Buffalo-State1Established in 1871, the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo State‘s long history and commitment to education are the cornerstones of its respected reputation. The largest comprehensive four-year college in the SUNY system, Buffalo State educates more than 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year and has an alumni population of 100,000. The college is known for its strong community connections and a continuing commitment to providing high-quality lifelong learning opportunities.

Founded by theater professor Drew Kahn, the university’s Anne Frank Project (AFP) seeks to use storytelling as a vehicle for community building, conflict resolution and identity exploration. Logo-Anne-Frank-ProjectInspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, it surfaces and shares stories stifled by oppression. Since 2013, GEI and AFP are collaborating on using and spreading the AFP’s story-building and drama-based education model locally, nationally and especially internationally. As a pilot country, Rwanda is regularly receiving AFP-trained delegations to provide teacher training workshops at local schools.