Training & Education

In collaboration with IDRAAC and Balamand University, MIND offers clinical training in a multidisciplinary team setting. Training is provided in our outpatient clinics, inpatient units as well as research units. Training is tailored to one’s background.

We provide training for
  • Medical students
  • Medical interns
  • Medical residents
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
Accreditation of the training by MIND:
  • Official Certificates are provided by MIND/IDRAAC upon completion of the training module.
    • For Clinical training, accreditation and certification is by the Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine.
    • For Research training, the accreditation and certification is by IDRAAC.
  • The duration of the training varies from one student to another and from one module to another.
Medical students, interns and or residents
Didactic sessions:
These include a series of seminars, educational audio-visual sessions, lectures, group-meetings, journal clubs, conferences and grand-rounds. They cover topics of major importance such as general psychopathology, pharmacology, psychotherapy, psychiatric epidemiology, case studies, reviews of literature, and critical discussions on specific clinical cases or specific findings.

Supervised observation and clinical practice:
Supervised observation and clinical practice of the trainees is ensured through regular group-meetings and group-discussions, through direct observation of the trainee's work by senior clinicians, and through written feedback and comments also provided by examining the reports and other written work that is required from them on a regular basis. The clinical work spans over several areas: acute inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychiatric care, emergency room, and consultation liaison.

Psychologists: graduates with a bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral degree
MIND trains psychology students (BA, MA, PhD) from several universities in and outside Lebanon, in association with both the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology located at St. George Hospital University Medical Center and at Balamand University’s Faculty of Medicine.

MIND's training of psychology students offers structured training that includes clinical rounds, seminars, journal clubs, assigned readings, research papers, and supervised practice.

Training is tailored to match the candidate’s academic level, and , where possible, aims to accommodate topics of special interest to the candidate.


MIND's clinical training program in Psychology is organized into three independent modules:
  • 1- Clinical evaluation: this module focuses on clinical interview skills, case-conceptualization, and follow-up of clients based on the international classifications of psychiatric and psychological disorders. It requires a pre-requisite course in psychopathology.
  • 2- Psychological testing and cognitive evaluation: This module focuses on diagnosis of disorders related to intelligence, attention, and learning process using test administration and interpretation of psychological assessment tools, (IQ and other Cognitive tests, Clinical scales) and report writing. It requires a pre-requisite course in cognitive development, the theory of intelligence and intelligent testing.
  • 3- Psychotherapy: The Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology is in the process of finalizing a professional master degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This program will be in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine, Balamand University and IDRAAC. It is a 2 year training program fulfilling the requirements for accreditation as set by the EABCT (European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy), in terms of teaching, practicum and supervision. Part of the teaching (theoretical part and skills training) will be taught by guest speakers coming from Europe and the U.S. the other part will be ensured by the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at St. George Hospital University Medical Center and Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine.

Didactic sessions:
These include a series of seminars, educational audio-visual sessions, lectures, group-meetings, journal clubs, conferences and grand-rounds. These sessions cover topics such as general psychopathology, psychopharmacology, specific clinical concepts in psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, case studies, review of current literature, and critical discussions on specific clinical cases.

Supervised observation and clinical practice:
Clinical work encompasses several areas: acute inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychiatric care, emergency room, and consultation liaison, doing diagnostic evaluation and follow ups, psychological testing, family assessment, couples therapy, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy and applied play therapy for children.
Candidates are supervised in various ways: direct observation of the trainee's work by senior clinicians, written feedback from a clinician regarding the quality of written reports and assignments, and participation in regular group-meetings and group-discussions.

Nursing: undergraduate and postgraduate
MIND trains nursing students from several universities in Lebanon in association with the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, St. George Hospital University Medical Center and Balamand University, Faculty of Health Sciences. MIND's training of nursing students follows the well recognized structured training offered at other well established academic centers: rounds, seminars, journal clubs, assigned readings, research papers, etc...

The training varies with the level of education and special interests of the candidate, keeping in mind the applicant's needs and time availability. It can vary from a one month (or more) rotation in the inpatient unit, to a more in-depth clinical training that may lead to the profession of psychiatry assistant.

MIND’S clinical training program for nurses focuses on diagnostic assessment and follow-up. It includes clinical interview skills, case conceptualization, based on the international classification of psychiatric disorders, basic principles of management (medication, hospitalization…) and follow-up of the clients.

Didactic sessions:
These include a series of seminars, educational audio-visual sessions, lectures, group-meetings, journal clubs, conferences and grand-rounds. These sessions cover topics that are of major importance, such as general psychopathology, psychiatric epidemiology, case studies, review of the literature, and critical discussions on specific clinical cases or specific findings.

Pharmacists
MIND trains pharmacy students from several universities in and outside Lebanon in association with the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, St. George Hospital University Medical Center and Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine. Such training follows the well recognized structured training offered at other well established academic centers: rounds, seminars, journal clubs, assigned readings, research papers, and supervised practice etc...

Training takes place in the psychiatric inpatient unit of St. George Hospital University Medical Center.

Social workers
MIND trains social workers (BA, MA, PhD) from several universities in Lebanon in association with the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, St. George Hospital University Medical Center and Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine. MIND's training follows the well recognized structured training offered at other well established academic centers: rounds, seminars, journal clubs, assigned readings, research papers, etc...The training varies with the level of education and special interests of the candidate, keeping in mind the applicant's needs and time availability.

MIND’s training program for social workers may be oriented towards:

Working in a clinic setting: the training focuses on diagnostic assessment and follow-up of clients and treatment intervention of mild cases. It includes clinical interview skills, case conceptualization, and basic principles of management (psychotherapy) of mild disorders. Social workers that enroll such training may work as assistants of psychiatrists in a multidisciplinary team. Training includes didactic sessions and on the field supervision.

Developing skills to work in community settings in issues related to mental health and well-being of families: an example of this training is the “Parenting skills treatment program for mothers of children with behavioral problems”, which consists of training Social and Health workers in the poor suburbs of Beirut and other cities in Lebanon on the basic parenting skills for children with behavioral problems and supervising these Social and Health workers while training mothers who have children with behavioral disorders.

Didactic sessions:
These include a series of seminars, educational audio-visual sessions, lectures, group-meetings, journal clubs, conferences and grand-rounds. These sessions cover topics that are of major importance, such as general psychopathology, major concepts in clinical psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, case studies, review of the literature, and critical discussions on specific clinical cases or specific findings.

Supervised observation and clinical practice:
Supervised observation and clinical practice of the trainees is ensured through regular group-meetings and group-discussions, through direct observation of the trainee's work by senior clinicians, and through written feedback and comments also provided by a senior clinician regarding the reports and other written work that is required from them on a regular basis. The clinical work spans over several areas: acute inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychiatric care, emergency room and consultation liaison.
Application Procedure
The application file must include the following documents:
  • A statement of goals (purpose).
  • A resume (curriculum vitae).
  • A copy of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Two letters of recommendation from a university tutor or head of program.
  • A personal interview with the applicant in addition to a review of his/her application file is also required.

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