SalusWorld Welcomes New Member to its Board of Directors

SalusWorld (, a non-governmental organization that helps expand access to critical mental health services for victims of trauma on a global level, has added Courtney Welton-Mitchell to its board of directors.

Online PR News – 27-March-2014 – Denver – SalusWorld (, a non-governmental organization that helps expand access to critical mental health services for victims of trauma on a global level, has added Courtney Welton-Mitchell to its board of directors.

“Courtney is a talented leader and psychologist who can provide strategic governance and insights into SalusWorld’s efforts in Burma and other areas of the world,” said Dr. Elaine Hanson, Psy.D., executive director and founder of SalusWorld. “Her experience specifically in disaster psychology is extremely relevant for SalusWorld in helping us fulfill our mission.”

Courtney is the Director of the new Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group through the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also a Research Associate with the Institute of Behavioral Science's Environment and Society program, Natural Hazards Center, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For three years she was a faculty member in the International Disaster Psychology M.A. program at the University of Denver (2010 - December 2013) and is a former adjunct faculty at the American University in Cairo.

Courtney received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012, holds two M.A. degrees, in social psychology and mental health counseling, and is a licensed clinician. She conducts psychological evaluations for asylum seekers and serves as an expert witness on immigration cases. Courtney is the 2013 recipient of the American Psychological Association: Division of Trauma Psychology’s dissertation award. Courtney worked for several years with U.N. and other humanitarian agencies with camp-based and urban refugees in Nepal, Tanzania, and Egypt (Peace Corps, UNWFP, UNHCR, AMERA) before returning to the U.S. She continues to do consultancy work for humanitarian agencies, including recently having completed a global evaluation for UNHCR of mental health and psychosocial services for humanitarian aid workers, with data collection in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Courtney also coordinates simulations focused on complex humanitarian crisis intended to prepare future humanitarian aid workers for the challenges associated with international field work.

Victims of trauma have unique emotional and mental health needs that in many areas of the world go unmet. SalusWorld's proven model equips members of traumatized populations to counsel their peers and help whole communities heal from the effects of war atrocities, human rights violations, natural disaster and more. This capacity-building approach involves the transfer of know-how, the development of appropriate facilities, training in social services and overall psychological education and training.

For SalusWorld, psychosocial programs are not only an essential treatment for responding to human suffering; they are integral to delivering holistic medical care and fostering global socioeconomic development. SalusWorld clinical psychologists have tremendous depth and breadth of expertise in trauma treatment, program evaluation and outcome measurement to deliver sustainable mental health interventions on a global scale.

SalusWorld is a non-governmental organization making vital contributions to communities suffering from the trauma of natural disasters, war atrocities, sexual violence, torture, statelessness and other human rights violations. Inspired by the way organizations like Doctors Without Borders treat the human body -- but concerned about healing the whole person -- Dr. Elaine Hanson, Psy.D., created SalusWorld to heal the emotional scars of trauma. SalusWorld empowers locally based counselors to treat the victims effectively and sustainability. The team’s mental health volunteer consultants travel around the globe to provide psychological education and support to local counselors who are attempting to assist their neighbors. To donate, volunteer or learn more, visit