International Learning Program on Mental Health Policy and Services 4th Edition



17 OCT


+ 120H




Presential (4 weeks) + E-learning activities (8 weeks)

2 Weeks in Lisbon working hours (mon, tue, wed, thurs, fri)

8 Weeks E-lerning Activities

2 Weeks in Lisbon working Hours (mon, tue, wed, thurs, fri)


The Program includes a series of Advanced Courses (2 or 3 days) for mental health leaders and professionals willing to develop public health skills in mental health policy and services, with a special emphasis on low and middle-income countries. 

The Course will run with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 30 students.


The goal of the Lisbon Learning Program is to provide an updated and solid understanding of the main topics of these areas and to provide training in:

• Formulation, implementation and evaluation of mental health policies, plans and programs

• Organization and evaluation of mental health care and related services

• Mental health in complex emergencies

• Mental health law and human rights

For whom?

Leaders of Mental Health 

Health Professionals


Applicants should be holders of a bachelor’s degree or legally equivalent qualification in the field of Medicine, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Sciences or Health Economics. 

The selection of applicants to the Courses will be based on the assessment of the CV. 


Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for each Advanced Course. The successful attendance of the four Advanced Courses will award a Diploma from the NOVA University of Lisbon.

Structure of the Program

Students can choose to attend one or more Advanced Courses. The attendance of one Advanced Course will award a Certificate of Attendance. A Diploma from the NOVA University of Lisbon will be awarded to the students who will successfully attend the four Advanced Courses. The assessment of these students will be made through an essay or a work project, written under the supervision of one of the members of the faculty.


Module 1

Understanding evidence

Module 2

Understanding evidence in psychopharmacology

Module 1

Developing a national mental health policy Prevention strategies in the general population Optimal mix of mental health services

Module 2

Mental health in primary care The pivotal role of community mental health services Programs for long -term severe mentally disabled persons

Module 1

Deinstitutionalization: experiences and controversies Rehabilitation and recovery

Module 2

Rights of people with mental disabilities

Module 1

Globalization, development and health diplomacy

Module 2

Mental health in complex emergencies


José Miguel Caldas de Almeida

Professor of Psychiatry, NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas), Nova University of Lisbon, is the President of the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health. He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington D.C., from 2000 to 2005. He was Temporary Adviser for WHO in Africa, Europe and Latin America, and was the Coordinator of the European Union Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013 -2016). He is at present the Vice -Chair of the EU Cost Action FOSTREN, on reducing the use of coercion in mental health services.

Benedetto Saraceno

Prof. Benedetto Saraceno is a psychiatrist and holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Public Health . He was the leader of the WHO special program Nations for Mental Health (1996 -99). He was Director of the Department of Mental Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, from 1999 to 2010. In 2001, he was the leader of the WHO World Health Report on Mental Health. At present, he is the Secretary General of the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health .

ALL 4 Advanced Courses

2 500

Each Advanced Course 700€

A limited number of (total and partial) registration fees’ waivers may be granted to persons from Low Income countries and from Portugal. Requests will be assessed case by case, based on a letter of motivation.

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