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20% of people in the United States struggle with emotional difficulties, but only 0.17% of people are mental health providers.

About the Training Institute

The PRIDE Training Institute exists to address the access to care gap in mental health that limits a community and an individual’s potential. The PRIDE Training Institute trains and coaches paraprofessionals to use evidence-based cognitive behavioral skills to improve emotion regulation and build resilience that unlocks the capacity to achieve greater outcomes. The PRIDE Training Institute partners with organizations to develop, refine, and implement scalable models to create communities of healing, locally and globally.

Our work is grounded in evidence and supported by the research and evaluation of Community Psychiatry PRIDE.

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Courses

Mental Health for All: Science-based Skills to Build Resilience During Stressful Times

Perhaps you’re trying to adjust to working from home while hearing about neighbors, friends, and colleagues losing their jobs. Maybe you're doing your best to balance leading your company through difficult strategy decisions and caring for your children while schools are closed. Maybe you’re trying to finish your classes from home while worrying about graduation requirements and making housing payments on time. Or maybe you're feeling isolated, separated from friends and loved ones.

This course was created to support all who are feeling the emotional strain of the unprecedented and stressful situations. While the COVID-19 pandemic is the genesis for the course, the evidence-based concepts and skills that are illustrated here will promote the healthy development of anyone who is struggling to cope with chronic stress. 

The course will be particularly useful for organizations that are concerned about the emotional health of their employees and want to support their teams virtually with stress management strategies. Taking the course in teams will have the added benefit of creating a common language and approach within organizations for addressing mental health challenges among their employees and constituents.

Throughout the course, we strive to answer two essential questions:

  • What is the science behind how we experience stressful situations?
  • How can we build resilience while facing stressful situations?

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Harvard Medical School Webinar Series: Regulating emotions & building resiliency in the face of a pandemic

This webinar series was created to support the students and staff of the Harvard Medical School community, yet the lessons will be broadly applicable to all who are feeling the emotional strain of this unprecedented crisis. Across this four-video series, we discuss the role of anxiety, slowing down the brain, charging up and staying connected and exploring thoughts.

Projects

The eight members of the Training Institute pose in front of a white wall.

Left to right: Joshua Bogus, Soo Jeong Youn, Barbara Dalio, Luana Marques, Andrew Ferguson, Anna Bartuska, Ellen Bass, Aimee Rincon

TEB Skills for youth development organizations: Strengthening organizational capacity

Connecticut Opportunity Project

In Connecticut, more than one in five youth are disengaged or disconnected from high school. Youth who are disengaged and disconnected often face significant challenges with emotion dysregulation because of stress and adverse events, which in turn increases their risk of destructive and impulsive actions and risky behaviors.

In partnership with Dalio Philanthropies, this project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the three Connecticut Opportunity Project partners to deliver their services with excellence by providing the organizations’ staff evidence-based training and coaching on how to deliver emotion regulation strategies. Through this program staff will be equipped with strategies that have been shown to be effective, can be delivered by youth development professionals and sufficiently address the complex social-emotional needs of the youth they serve.

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Imagine a world where cutting-edge science is accessible. PRIDE Training Institute team members are working to make this a reality through media appearances.

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About Luana Marques, PhD

Luana MarquesLuana Marques, PhD, is the director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Mass General and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Marques is a national and international expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs) and a leader in bringing science-backed mental health practices to everyone. Her decades of clinical and research experience implementing evidence-based practices encompass all types of roles and settings, from frontline staff to CEOs, diverse communities to organizations, both in the US and globally. She is the president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). She is also the author of "Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem?" Connect with her on Twitter, @DrLuanaMarques, and on Instagram, @drluanamarques.

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About Soo Jeong Youn, PhD

Soo Jeong YounDr. Soo Jeong Youn is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mass General and an instructor in Psychiatry at HMS. Dr. Youn’s research and clinical interests focus on leveraging science and data as a strategic asset to implement and disseminate evidence-based emotion regulation skills to everyone and everywhere and address the access to care disparity in mental health. Applying her research experiences in psychotherapy process and outcome, community based participatory research and implementation science, she evaluates and develops processes of integrating evidence-based interventions in organizations to enhance adoption, sustainability and scalability.
Connect with her @SYounPhD.

Full list of publications by Dr. Youn on Google Scholar
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About Orin Gutlerner, MEd

Orin GutlernerOrin Gutlerner is the founding director of the Match Teacher Residency and the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to Match, Orin directed Harvard’s undergraduate teacher education program and he served as the director of alternative teacher recruitment and training programs for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He also recently served on the DESE’s task force on teacher evaluation. Orin started his career in education in 1996 as a teacher in rural North Carolina through Teach For America. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a MEd from Harvard University.

About Joshua Bogus, MPH

Joshua BogusJoshua Bogus is public health professional with over seven years of experience managing health programs. Joshua has managed global research portfolios, including clinical trials, while working at Washington University in St. Louis Medical School and Partners in Health. Joshua is excited to work on projects that quickly scale new discoveries into the hands of those who can benefit most. Joshua has a BA in international relations from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

About Anna Bartuska, BS/BA

Anna BartuskaAnna Bartuska is the program coordinator of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Mass General. Anna’s clinical and research interests focus on addressing the global need for quality mental health care through adaptation and implementation of evidence-based practices for the unique challenges of low resource settings. Prior to joining Community Psychiatry PRIDE, she worked in North Carolina investigating the effectiveness of technology-assisted treatment for substance use disorders and in India evaluating the mental health outcomes of orphans and separated children in an alternative care program. Anna completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University in 2017 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Bachelor of Arts in global health with a concentration in global mental health. Connect with her @AnnaBartuska.

Full list of publications by Mrs. Bartuska on Google Scholar