ATOP Humanitarian Outreach Certificate Training Program 2014

Invitation to Register

Dear Humanitarian Outreach Program Participant:

I would like to share with you some further information on our Humanitarian Outreach Program and the global work done at ATOP Meaningfulworld in the areas of Trauma Outreach and Prevention. This training is meant to hone your present skills in evolution with new found ones, channeling and directing energy into much needed global healing service. Together we can form Meaningfulworld outreach teams, offering aid and visiting affected areas globally and locally.

Our Motto at

“When one helps another, BOTH become stronger”

In each Stage and Phase we experience open ways to heal trauma during our fulfilling and ever changing time together…. Let us find out more about who we intrinsically are….. in our silence and in our sound, with our hidden wounds transforming into gifts waiting to be seen in new found purpose — This is necessary for those wanting to personally expand, to find greater meaning and to create positive change in our world.

REGISTER for Certified Humanitarian Outreach Program

Subject: How can I make a difference in the world today? 

Next sessions:
27 September (Stage I)
25 October (Stage II)
22 November (Stage III)
31 January (Stage I)
28 February (Stage II)
28 March (Stage III)
25 April (Stage I)
16 May (Stage II)

4 June 2015 — Graduation & Annual Mind-Body-Eco-Spirit Conference at the United Nations

As a socially aware individual with passionate energy to improve the quality of your life and those meaningful to you — have you considered your invaluable skills could be extended globally? Have you asked the question: “How can I make a difference in the world today?” 


Please find below the reworked and extended curriculum for ATOP’s Meaningful Humanitarian Outreach Program. Develop mental health outreach skills, transform conflicts peacefully, learn about the Biopsychosocial and Eco-Spiritual Model, a research based global approach by Dr Kalayjian, a trauma specialist and founder of this not-for-profit grassroots organization — ATOP has completed over 40 outreach missions, healing survivors who have experienced both natural or human-made trauma and disasters. As a certified, humanitarian outreach team member you can join us in visiting areas of the world where your skills can mend the impact of the trauma, and set a new positive direction.  Change a life…it could be yours… For in giving, the greatest reward is the experience of sharing our life skills, gifts, and intentions with another.  

Our Motto at Meaningfulworld is “When one helps another, BOTH become stronger,” and “Shared sorrow is half sorrow, while shared joy is double joy.”

Dr Kalayjian and the entire team here at Meaningfulworld extend our gratitude for who you are, and should you decide to attend any of our trainings we hope to meet you and your friends at the upcoming programs at 185 East 85th street (corner of 3rd Avenue) in a comfortable homey, warm environment. We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and are ready to listen to your concerns.  There is no succession to our classes and we offer 3 terms per year that you can join in at any time.

Thank you for your time and we hope to meet you in the near future. Please extend this information to anyone you believe may be interested in our programming. 

Clinical Coordinator


ATOP Humanitarian Outreach Course Registration Information:

Time and again, you may have asked yourself the question:

What can I possibly do to make a difference in the world today?

In an unpredictable cultural, political and ecological geography, our human and planetary sustainability is at risk. Without attention to the cultivation of awareness and healing consciousness, the deteriorating effects of intergenerational trauma will continue to negatively impact the global community through cycles of repeated conflict, terrorism, and war. We must understand that the individual psyche is but a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosm we live in… Change begins with me and with you. 

One by one and together, we can cultivate a New Meaningfulworld View towards the emergence of a culture of peace.

The vision of the new Meaningful Humanitarian Outreach Program  focuses on education, cultivating global action, and restoring health and well being in self, our families, neighborhoods, communities, and ultimately  to global communities in need.  Utilizing the Biopsychosocial and Eco Spiritual Model, developed two decades ago by Dr. Ani Kalayjian, Disaster and Mass Trauma Specialist,  it is ATOP’s mission to continue cultivating Meaningfulworld Humanitarian Outreach Teams.   ATOP commits to mobilizing individuals who want to make a difference by engaging and deepening unified leadership skills for the benefit of others.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Humanitarian Outreach Certificate Program – The Stages and Phases

This course is offered as a Humanitarian Outreach Certificate Program.  Trainings will be posted by topic for Sept – Nov, Jan – March, and April – May. This program allows for 3 groups to be fully trained in all phases over a one year period.   Classes are designed to be small (maximum 20) to allow optimum interaction and personal attention. 

Trainings will be held in NYC on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the scheduled date, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with a one hour lunch break.  Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be included.  If you have any special dietary needs you are advised to bring your own lunch. 

Visionary Speakers – At each training workshop various experts from the field will be invited to present on related topics.  Please see our monthly announcements for Visionary Speakers and a specific agenda for each workshop.

Participation Criteria – Participants should have an interest in the health care and healing arena, social activism, and a sincere commitment towards self-evolution and global aid and development. Our program invites health care professionals, teachers, psychologists, art therapists, nutritionists, alternative medicine practitioners, shamanic healers, clergy and other spiritually guided practitioners, interfaith ministers, politicians, attorneys, physicians, nurses, chiropractors, police officers, military personal, government officials, Non-Governmental Organizations, parents, and laypersons who want to become their own primary physicians and healers.

2014-2015 sessions:
27 September (Stage I)
25 October (Stage II)
22 November (Stage III)
31 January (Stage I)
28 February (Stage II)
28 March (Stage III)
25 April (Stage I)
16 May (Stage II)

Phase 1

Stage 1:  Post Disaster Humanitarian Outreach

Didactic presentation of theory, method, and techniques including but not limited to: history of mass trauma on adults, children and families, vulnerable groups, impact of global disasters, genocide/war facts and impacts, PTSD, an overview of clinical interventions, field work history, Biopsychosocial & Eco Spiritual Model, intergenerational transmission, vicarious or secondary traumatization, empathy and listening skills, trauma and health, psychoneurotraumatoloty, yoga poses specially designed to release trauma and inner hostages, relevant psycho-spiritual and transformative readings, and meaningful exchanges. 

Stage 2:  Conflict Transformation, Anger Management, Assertiveness, NVC, & Forgiveness

Includes facts about domestic, interpersonal, in-group, and global violence. Focuses on non-violent constructive communication, models of conflict transformation, cultural awareness and sensitivity, examines the psychology of negotiation, emphasizes the importance of organized preparation and establishing process, peace-building, psychospiritual educational dialogue, COPE model, transforming generational trauma into gifts, ancestral insights, electromagnetic field balancing, integrative holistic healing modalities, Biopsychosocial & Eco Spiritual Model, physical release through selective yoga stretches for resilience and forgiveness, relevant psycho-spiritual and transformative readings and meaningful exchanges.

Stage 3:  Cultivating a Meaningfulworld View, Sacred Activism & Integrating Forgiveness    Includes shadow emotions, post trauma growth, resilience, transforming intergenerational trauma, impact of violence on families and children, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, discussions on sacred activism, types of leadership, cultivating inner healing, environmental healing, integration of mind-body-eco-spirit/soul, psychospiritual healing, physical release, integrating forgiveness, spiritual connection with mother earth through physical release, integrative remedies, experiential exercises, case discussion, relevant psycho-spiritual and transformative readings and meaningful exchanges.

Phase 2 

Stage 1: Leadership and Meaning-Making – (Prerequisite Phase 1)

Each participant is required to share a 3 minute presentation on changes that have occurred in them, specifying a focus, action or service to a community.  Each must also answer the question, “What makes your world meaningful?” For those eligible, this phase can be completed during any of the three stages.

Stage 2: Facilitation of Training Workshop – (Prerequisite Phase 1 and Phase 2 Stage 1)

A Meaningfulworld Facilitator is one who leads the group discussion in the afternoon’s experiential session.  Utilizing the Biopsychosocial and Eco Spiritual Model encourages group interaction, identifies group dynamics and body language, acts as an empathic listener, and provides a therapeutic milieu.  Nine opportunities in 3 phases of leadership/facilitations are available annually to be a certified Meaningfulworld Facilitator.  Depending on one’s level of experience, ability, and previous knowledge, one may need to facilitate multiple trainings with supervision. A follow up meeting is essential with the supervisor to review one’s facilitation method.

Phase 3:  Integration Paper (Prerequisite completion of Phase 1+2)

Each graduate will complete a short (5-8 pages) paper, integrating what you have learned during the sessions into relevant situations and theories. The paper will integrate your growth within and around the training programs and other emotional and spiritual growth in between. Focusing on Meaning-making, EQ, and 7-step Integrative Healing Model. You can use the presentation you gave in class and add your experience facilitating the healing group, and other insights. To name a few ideas: you may draw upon themes discussed during the sessions (domestic violence, genocide, etc.) or elaborate on specific methods of trauma-healing.

If you wish to make it publishable, we will assist in that process.


Outreach Missions

Upon completing the certificate program, participants have the option to participate in one of Meaningfulworld’s humanitarian outreach missions around the world. Meaningfulworld humanitarian outreach team members have the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge, and experience gained through workshops in Meaningfulworld missions to global communities in need. The costs of travel will vary based on the destination approximately $3,000 per mission. A fee of $250 is required for application, visa, and other introductory expenses.

In addition graduates can become instructors for training workshops, first supervised by Dr. Kalayjian and then independently.  Graduates are required to attend one supervised training per semester to maintain their status as a Facilitator.

Work Opportunities on Completion of Certified Training

We will provide consultations for doctoral dissertations and masters theses, internships, as well as employment sources.  Graduates of the Humanitarian Outreach Certificate Program may be eligible to acquire positions working for humanitarian outreach NGOs, institutes for transitional justice, conflict resolution, and community outreach, or interfaith ministries. Graduates will receive CEUs (continuing education units) for hours completed, and they may submit their certificates to licensure boards for professional approval. 

The following professions accept CEU’s:  Marriage & family Therapy, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Creative Arts Therapy, and Psychoanalysis.

Payment Options 

Option 1: Humanitarian Outreach Complete Package – The course fee of $ 650.00 includes the complete training package, one year membership to, invitations to related events that will be announced throughout the year (past events have included International Day of Peace Festival, “Pamper yourself”, and selected conferences at the UN, Columbia University, and other institutions), paper published in monthly Meaningfulworld newsletters and eligibility to assist with Meaningfulworld Outreach Missions.

Option 2: Payment Per Stage – Although early registration is advised, participants can register and enlist at the end of a session for upcoming sessions, depending on availability, in order to complete the curriculum as scheduled.

Payment per Session: 

$110.00 for Full
$60 for Retired persons and Graduate Students
$50 for Undergraduate Students
20% off for Groups of 4 or more




      Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Logotherapeutic Psychotherapist, Traumatologist, Genocide Scholar, International Researcher, and international Consultant.  She is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from her Alma Mate, Long Island University in NYC.  She has over twenty years of experience in disaster management, mass-trauma interventions & conflict resolution; twenty years of university teaching experience (both grad. & undergrad levels) and she has been a psychotherapist in practice in both NY/NJ for over 20 years.

      In the area of human-made disasters, she has worked extensively with survivors of the Gulf War veterans, Vietnam veterans, Holocaust survivors, the Armenian survivors of the Ottoman Turkish Genocide, the WTC terrorism, Iraqi War refugees, Sarajevo War survivors, and Lebanon War refugees.  In the area of natural disasters, she has worked extensively with the survivors of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, the 1994 earthquake of Southern California, hurricane Andrew in Southern Florida, the 1995 earthquake of Kobe, Japan, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, Hurricanes George in Mexico & Dominican Republic, the tsunami of 2004 in Sri Lanka, 2005 quake in Pakistan, and 2006 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans and Texas.  She has also assisted mental health professionals in Kuwait and the former Yugoslavia as a consultant, and has volunteered with the Red Cross with the refugees of Kosovo.

      She has published nationally and internationally in scholarly journals, and has several chapters in a variety of books on gender, Logotherapy, disaster & trauma, teen-parent relationships, Genocide, wars, chronic illnesses, climate change, human rights violations, love & forgiveness.   She is the author of the renowned book:  Disaster and Mass Trauma:  Global perspectives in Post Disaster Mental Health Management, Vista Publishing. First Editor of Forgiveness & Reconciliation: Psychological pathways for Conflict Transformation & Peace Building book is in press by Springer, 2009, and Emotional Healing and Resilience Handbook 2009 by Praeger. 

Contact: Phone: (201) 941-2266




       Jennifer De Mucci holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the New School University.  She is currently the Research Coordinator and a UN Representative for the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP) of Meaningfulworld under the supervision of Dr. Ani Kalayjian.  She is a certified Meaningfulworld Humanitarian Outreach Ambassador with ATOP of Meaningfulworld. Ms De Mucci has joined the Humanitarian Mission to The Republic of Armenia in 2009 conducting workshops and trainings to psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, and mental health professionals focusing on transforming generational transmission of trauma, forgiveness, and empowerment and healing. 

       Ms De Mucci’s main areas of interest are: international and cross-cultural psychology, the impact of generational transmission of trauma, particularly on young children, forgiveness and healing.  Her current research has focused upon the psychological impact of the Armenian-Turkish Protocols and the benefits of empowerment and forgiveness trainings within the Republic of Armenia and Sierra Leone, West Africa.  She has presented at St. Francis College, and will present at the Convention of APA in San Diego. She pas published several articles in the APA International Bulletin. She is now in a Doctoral School Psychology Program at St. John’s University. 



Jennifer Doran is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Jennifer has worked with various research programs in the city, among them The Center for HIV Education, Studies, and Training; The Brief Psychotherapy Research Project; and the BI-SLR HEARTS Program. Jennifer is also the Co-Editor of The New School Psychology Bulletin, an academic journal for graduate level publication that also serves as training model for both authors and peer-reviewers. Jennifer conducts efficacy and outcome research on the journal. She also studies trauma and disaster, psychotherapy process and outcome, and cross-cultural and international issues. She has presented on the NSPB and her personal research projects at various local and international conferences, and most recently won a student poster award for her work on negotiating the therapeutic alliance at the 41st Annual Society for Psychotherapy Research. Jennifer serves as the Publication Coordinator for the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention of Meaningfulworld, where she is responsible for overseeing and managing various research and publication endeavors. Finally, she holds an appointment on APA’s Division 52 Student Committee, where she helps promote student awareness and interest in international issues.  Jennifer will present a paper at the APA Convention in San Diego 2010.



Alanna was born in San Francisco, California before moving abroad to live in England, Nigeria, Venezuela, and China. Alanna is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business and Political Economy at New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She is particularly interested in trauma outreach for young children and the environmental and economic effects of humanitarian crises. At ATOP Meaningfulworld, Alanna serves as the Clinical Coordinator. In this position, she works with the clinical program in the area of business development, PR, outreach, and grant writing.



Mikaella, originally from Los Angeles, California, is an undergraduate senior at New York University College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Public Health. She has spent every year since birth traveling to the Philippines and other neighboring southeast Asian countries over summers where she witnessed the beauty of different cultures firsthand and developed a passion for traveling and humanitarian work. She interned for United Way whilst studying abroad in Ghana and there, was able to develop the skills to pursue research work and administrative work in an NGO, particularly in the area of public health. She will serve as Assistant Clinical Coordinator and a Grants & Research intern for ATOP.

Good intentions are no longer enough. I wanted to support humanity in my own way. Meaningful World was a natural way for me to help the victims of tsunami.

So many systems have failed us and as we transition from failed models, attitudes and behaviors that are polarizing, destructive and failing all around us I could not just sit back, be overwhelmed and do nothing… I am doing something with Meaningful World.

Meaningful World cultivates well-being, relatedness, a deep awareness and understanding how to elevate some of the world's suffering. Our choices impact all living systems and I choose to be an agent of good.