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Mental Wellness in Minority Cultures

Did you discuss mental health in your childhood home? …we didn’t either. This talk takes a deep-dive into the stigma surrounding mental health in order to identify and tackle the mentalities that perpetuate harmful taboos in various cultures.

Tuesdays 7pm - 8pm EST

Session 1 : Aug 20th

Session 2 : Aug 27th

Session 3 : Sep 3rd

Dr. Kavita Avula is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in
international and cross-cultural psychology, organizational resilience,
trauma and critical incident response. She is a member of the faculty of
the Washington School of Psychiatry’s National Group Psychotherapy
Institute and Large Group Team.

As the founder of Therapist Beyond Borders, Dr. Avula also serves as the
Lead Consulting Psychologist for The KonTerra Group and a consulting
psychologist to The World Bank Group’s Personal & Work Stress
Counseling Unit where she provides organizational consultation and staff care programmingto humanitarian aid organizations on promoting staff care. With experience in Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Palestine, the Philippines, Peru, and India, Dr. Avula provides psychological support and consultation to individuals and groups living or
working in high stress environments.

She began her career in university counseling and worked at several university counseling centers across the United States over the first decade of her career. She consulted to Penn State University in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal and currently consults to Georgetown University’s Office of the President on a range of topics including an initiative
that strives to shift the culture in higher education to one that embraces well-being and flourishing as integral to the university experience. At present, Dr. Avula is developing an e-learning course for the World Bank Group’s Health Services Department for staff who travel and relocate for work. Finally, Dr. Avula is an educator and speaks on topics including cultivating resilience, building cultural competence, understanding micro aggressions, sexual harassment, developing a better response to sexual assault, supporting staff in distress, and creating flourishing communities.