Mental health and addiction across the globe

Collaborative teamwork in global mental health presents unique challenges, including the formation and management of international teams composed of multicultural and multilingual professionals with different backgrounds in terms of their training, scientific expertise, and life experience. Professor Reed will focus on the skills and tools necessary to lead and facilitate international collaborations aimed at contributing to a deeper understanding of mental health and reducing the global burden of mental disorders around the world, based on his work with the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past 15 years. He will share how he believes these same skills will be needed to position psychology globally, and locally, in the future. 

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe various strategies for inspiring shared objective and an overarching vision among diverse international teams.
  • Identify factors that helped the WHO team to develop a shared mental models centered on the idea of collaboration for the common good.
  • Describe how psychologists can contribute to instituting and maintaining a group process of adaptability in overcoming obstacles.