Course description

Embark on a profound journey of learning and empowerment with SEEK GSP (Social, Emotional, and Economic Empowerment through Knowledge of Group Support Psychotherapy), a transformative online course meticulously crafted to address the mental health challenges faced by individuals living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the span of two weeks, immerse yourself in a comprehensive curriculum spanning nine modules.

Module 1 delves into Mental Health, Stress, and Well-being, setting the foundation for understanding psychological well-being.

In Module 2, explore Depression, Anxiety, Alcohol, and Substance Use, understanding their impact and effective coping mechanisms. Module 3 navigates through Anger, Acute Stress Disorder, and Domestic Violence, addressing crucial aspects of emotional turmoil.

The heart of the program lies in Module 4, presenting the Culturally Sensitive Group Support Psychotherapy (GSP) Model, a cornerstone for therapeutic interventions.

Module 5 equips you with Communication and Counseling Skills tailored for adults, enhancing your ability to provide compassionate support.

Cultural nuances are central in Module 6, where Culturally Appropriate Coping Strategies to Overcome Stress are explored, promoting resilience in diverse communities.

Module 7, focused on Problem Solving and Coping with Stigma, provides essential insights into managing societal barriers.

Module 8, Livelihoods, extends the scope beyond mental health, empowering participants to foster economic opportunities for individuals under their care.

Finally, Module 9 emphasizes the vital aspect of Self-Care, recognizing the significance of maintaining personal well-being while aiding others.

Participants undergo pre-test assessment before Module 1 and a post-test evaluation following Module 9, ensuring a comprehensive grasp of the course material. Upon successful completion, participants receive certification, validating their theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of this holistic approach to mental health support.

Join this course to gain invaluable insights, skills, and certification, empowering you to make a profound and compassionate impact in the lives of those navigating mental health challenges within HIV-affected communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

What will i learn?

  • Acquire a deep understanding of mental health, stress, and well-being, particularly in individuals living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Recognize and effectively manage depression, anxiety, alcohol, substance use, anger, acute stress disorder, and domestic violence within affected populations.
  • Develop proficiency in applying culturally sensitive Group Support Psychotherapy (GSP) models, ensuring relevance and effectiveness in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Enhance communication and counseling skills tailored for adults, facilitating empathetic and effective support to individuals facing mental health challenges.
  • Explore and implement culturally appropriate coping strategies to overcome stress, fostering resilience among affected individuals and communities.
  • Acquire techniques to address societal stigma and develop problem-solving skills, enabling better integration and support for those facing social barriers.
  • Understand and advocate for livelihood enhancement opportunities, empowering individuals to build sustainable economic pathways within their communities.
  • Prioritize self-care and personal well-being, ensuring a healthy balance while providing support to others in challenging circumstances.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge through pre-test and post-test evaluations, obtaining certification upon successful completion, validating theoretical understanding and practical application of GSP principles.
  • : Gain the tools and insights necessary to make a meaningful impact in alleviating depression, stress, anger, and PTSD among individuals living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing positively to their mental health and overall well-being.


  • Allocate a minimum of 2 hours per day for the duration of the two-week online course. This commitment ensures sufficient engagement with course materials, discussions, and activities.
  • Proficiency in English is essential
  • Ensure access to a reliable internet connection and a suitable device (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone)
  • Actively engage in discussions, forums, and group activities within the online learning environment.
  • Dedicate time outside of the scheduled sessions to review course materials, resources, and supplementary readings to deepen understanding and reinforce learning objectives.
  • Complete the pre-test before the commencement of Module 1 and the post-test after the conclusion of Module 9
  • Adhere to the course schedule, deadlines, and submission requirements for assignments, assessments, and any other course-related activities.
  • Maintain an open mind and a willingness to learn and engage with diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences shared within the course.
  • Respectful and professional conduct is expected during interactions with fellow participants, instructors, and course facilitators, fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment.
  • Embrace the course content with the intention of personal growth and application of learned principles in practical settings

Prof Etheldreda Nakimuli Mpungu

Prof Etheldreda Nakimuli Mpungu

Associate Professor & Psychiatric Epidemiologist Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine Makerere University College of Health Sciences Executive Committee Member of the WPA Psychotherapy Section Member of the World Federation of Psychotherapy(WFP) Council Founder, SEEK Group Support Psychotherapy Initiative (SEEK-GSP)

Prof. Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Makerere University and Founder of SEEK-GSP – a WHO African Mental Health Innovation that trains lay health workers to recognize mild to moderate depression and respond by providing group support psychotherapy in the villages.  Over the past decade, she has evaluated this psychotherapy among people with HIV using randomized clinical trials and demonstrated dramatic reduction in depression symptoms and improvement in anti-viral medication adherence and viral suppression.She now works collaboratively with the Ministry of Health of Uganda to create a scaling pathway for the SEEK-GSP Program.  Her research has earned her national and international recognition such as The 2016 Elsevier Foundation Award and a Presidential National Independence Medal of Honor. In 2020, she was listed among the BBC 100 most inspiring and influential women. In 2023, she was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the World Psychiatry Association (WPA) Psychotherapy Section and later appointed a Council Member representing Uganda on the World Federation Psychotherapy Council.  She completed her medical degree and Master of Medicine in Psychiatry at Makerere University in 1998 and 2006 respectively. In 2012, she attained a doctoral degree in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, USA.  






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6 Months

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