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Pat Omidian, PhD

I have worked as a consultant for such international agencies as the WHO, UNICEF, UNWomen, Save the Children and The IRC. In addition, I have trained community mental health and social workers in Africa, Asia and Europe. I have published four books and numerous peer-reviewed articles on refugee psychosocial wellness, community mental health, anthropology and war, and post war trauma. In 2014 my business partner and I established a non-profit organization called Focusing Initiatives International.

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About this course

The E-Course Format and Expectations for Certification 

This course has a series of modules which are designed to take time to complete. You may work as fast or as slow as you like. Once you are signed up and have access to the course, you can work at whatever speed is most comfortable for you. 

Taking time to do each activity allows you to gain knowledge, participate in and practice the various community wellness techniques. And, each week you can participate in a zoom meeting where  you can share what you learn or problem solve with a group of like-minded people. We think you will find the conversations and connections engaging as you interact with others who work in the field of PSS around the globe. 


We do not provide medical or any other health care or fitness advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The site and its services are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment.

Certification available

We do offer certification for our courses. Should you wish to obtain a certificate you should let us know before you start the course. To receive a certificate you will need to: 

  • attend a minimum of two weekly meetings per month as you work through the course. 
  • comment on the recommended readings
  • complete a minimum of 80% of the course activities and contribute to the discussions on Ruzuku.