Animation - Neurons firing in an illustration of a human brain

The Center for Brain Health and Poverty Resilience

We are leading a seismic shift in how humanitarian and livelihood interventions are developed, implemented, and funded. In order to achieve this impact we focus, invest, and center our work around brain health.

Get in touch

We focus on post-traumatic growth for permanent recovery.

It has been proven that focusing on specific, clinically based mental health interventions saves money, improves program outcomes, and most importantly, improves people’s health. Millions of dollars are poured into economic development programs aimed at moving people out of poverty, yet they are insufficient.

It is impossible to ignore the very clear relationship between mental health and poverty resilience including the ability to concentrate in school or make focused long-term business decisions. We need to invest in clinical and empirically-based trauma-informed interventions to ensure that education and economic development programs have long-term durability. Let us help your organization not only to lift but keep people out of poverty.

Present your organization as trauma-informed with confidence and accuracy.

Ensure that your trauma-informed approaches are rooted in neuroscience and clinically proven approaches. We offer several tiers of custom and a la carte services to maximize your funding and increase impact.

Strategy Consulting

Icon - Brain with gears working overhead

Our experts directly deliver tailored and customized services to your organization.

  • Implementing clinical and trauma-informed strategies
  • Trauma-informed needs assessment for staff
  • Stabilization, crisis management planning
  • Analysis of current programs, cost and outcomes
  • Centering program interventions around mental health

Staff Training

Icon - Brain wearing graduate's cap

Enhance your organization’s trauma-informed practices and mental health services.

  • Multicultural EMDR training certificate
  • Train-the-trainer in workshops to deliver to staff or beneficiaries
  • Gap trainings for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Clinically based trauma-informed training
  • Brain science of cultural competency

Custom Workshops

Icon - Brain giving a lecture

Choose from a variety of workshop topics that can be customized to your organization's specific needs.

  • The science of trauma
  • The science of stress & anxiety
  • Centering programs around mental health
  • Globally fluent leadership development
  • Anxiety and provider burn-out
  • Mental health for non-clinical staff
Contact us to find out more

A neuroscience based approach

General, supportive counseling was found to be less cost-effective than no treatment at all due to its low clinical effectiveness and high delivery costs. EMDR was found to be the most affordable and cost-effective when compared to 10 other common mental health treatment interventions. The trauma-focused interventions of EMDR and prolonged exposure yielded significantly better cost and health savings compared to "care as usual".

The relationship between trauma and poverty

Economic development and basic supportive counseling interventions alone provide only short-term gains when the trauma caused by chronic poverty or witnessing traumatic events such as conflict, displacement, natural disasters, human rights violations, health crisis, domestic, or community violence is not addressed.

Economic Hardship

  • Increased unemployment
  • Low educational attainment or success
  • Lack of basic amenities and security
  • High medical costs

Interventions

  • Employment generation
  • Micro-finance
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Early childhood development
  • Supportive counseling

Trauma

Derailing Factors

  • Unable to focus in school or work
  • Difficulty making long-term plans
  • Short-term spending vs. long-term investing
  • Worsening physical health
  • Substance abuse

Economic Hardship

  • Increased unemployment
  • Low educational attainment or success
  • Lack of basic amenities and security
  • High medical costs

Interventions

  • Employment generation
  • Micro-finance
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Early childhood development
  • Supportive counseling

Trauma

Derailing Factors

  • Unable to focus in school or work
  • Difficulty making long-term plans
  • Short-term spending vs. long-term investing
  • Worsening physical health
  • Substance abuse

Breaking the cycle

Impact Alchemy's unique neuroscience based approach treats trauma in conjunction with traditional interventions to break the cycle and lead to lasting results and poverty resilience.

Economic Hardship

  • Increased unemployment
  • Low educational attainment or success
  • Lack of basic amenities and security
  • High medical costs

Impact Alchemy's Method

Interventions

  • Employment generation
  • Micro-finance
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Early childhood development
  • Supportive counseling

Derailing Factors

  • Unable to focus in school or work
  • Difficulty making long-term plans
  • Short-term spending vs. long-term investing
  • Worsening physical health
  • Substance abuse

Economic Hardship

  • Increased unemployment
  • Low educational attainment or success
  • Lack of basic amenities and security
  • High medical costs

Impact Alchemy's Method

Derailing Factors

  • Unable to focus in school or work
  • Difficulty making long-term plans
  • Short-term spending vs. long-term investing
  • Worsening physical health
  • Substance abuse

Interventions

  • Employment generation
  • Micro-finance
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Early childhood development
  • Supportive counseling

Why treating trauma matters

General, supportive counseling was found to be less cost-effective than no treatment due to its low clinical effectiveness and delivery costs [5]
4.29
MILLION PEOPLE
Approximately 4.29 million individuals would have graduated from college had they not been experiencing mental health disorders[3]
5% of students were unable to finish their education due to psychiatric disorders[3]
5%
Mental health issues affect student’s energy level, concentration, mental ability, optimism, dependability, and performance.[2]
Depression and anxiety are associated with lower GPA’s and dropping out of school[3]
2%
Countries spend an average of 2% of their health budgets on mental health[4]
$1 = $5
For every $1 US invested in treatment of common mental health disorders (such as anxiety and depression) there is a return of $5 US in improved health and productivity[4]
< 1%
Despite expansion budgets, mental health funding has never exceeded 1% of all developmental assistance for health[4]
Entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to experience a mental health condition[1]
Illustration - woman suffering from stress and anxiety
Entrepreneurs are more likely to report a lifetime of depression, ADHD, bipolar spectrum disorder and substance abuse[1]
Contact us to find out more