aka Attitudinal Healing International   |   Sausalito, CA   |  www.ahinternational.org


Attitudinal Healing International provides access to powerful tools for making healthy choices, successfully navigating life’s challenges and creating positive change. We directly serve existing and emerging Centers for Attitudinal healing as well as public organizations, institutions and communities worldwide.

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Gerald Jampolsky, M.D.

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3001 Bridgeway Suite K368

Sausalito, CA 94965 USA

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Power to Choose

The Power to Choose is an innovative, cross cultural curriculum for children and youth with Attitudinal Healing's 40 years of leading edge experience as its foundation. Power to Choose aims to tap into the inner potential of children and youth in order to develop leaders that make healthy and positive choices in everyday life. Through the 11 week program, participants are equipped with an array of tools to enhance their decision making process, develop resilience, strengthen self-confidence and cultivate leadership skills. They are empowered to be agents of positive change in their families, communities and in the world and often become facilitators and mentors for younger children. The Power to Choose offers a versatile curriculum that is adaptable for in-school and after-school programming along with flexible time frames and themes that adapt to diverse cultural perspectives.

Population(s) Served

The Centers for Attitudinal Healing utilize the peer support approach in the Attitudinal Healing Support Group. This means we rely on the extraordinary strength of ordinary people to help one another. We utilized support groups and peer counseling to deliver direct services to our clients. Volunteers undergo many hours of training, screening and mentoring. The Guidelines for Groups serve to build psychological and social safety in this non-confrontational process. The guidelines provide the approach to self-exploration in a very dynamic learning process.

There is a synergy at work in the Attitudinal Healing Support Groups. One person's breakthrough can lead to breakthrough for others. The peace of mind attained by one who is further down the path can be the model for others, giving them hope and sparking their resolve to heal their fear. As the group develops and progresses, participants experience a deep sense of connection with each other. Out of their own giving and receiving, they grow together to become a powerful source of support.

In this experiential session, participants become familiar with the history and philosophy of the Attitudinal Healing Peer Support Model., as well as the structure of an AH support group. Through participation in an Attitudinal Healing peer support group, they have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on the use of peer support skills, including empathic listening, emotional self-awareness and reflective communication.

Population(s) Served

Provide trainings, mentoring, and support for existing as well as emerging independent Centers for Attitudinal Healing around the world.

Population(s) Served

AHI offers Introduction to Attitudinal Healing workshops on-line and on-site in communities throughout the world. The introductory workshop provides an overview and history of Attitudinal Healing and introduces the Principles and Guidelines of Attitudinal Healing. Participants explore together the personal application of the Principles through interactive exercises and discussion.

AH has provided educational programs, support services and tools for self-awareness to thousands of adults, adolescents, and children in diverse cultures throughout the world, empowering them to find resilience and inner peace during challenging times. Ultimately, attitude determines the quality of our inner experience, regardless of what is happening externally. The goal of AH is not to change behavior, but to retrain and refocus the most powerful instrument of change we possess --- our own mind.

Population(s) Served

Participants of this unique course have the opportunity to explore the meaning of “Being In Service” within the framework of Attitudinal Healing. In the AH environment, the primary commitment is always to our own inner peace, and to supporting others to find their own peace of mind.

Participants expand their awareness of how their own choices, attitudes, feelings and behaviors affect their experience of serving others, and impact those they serve. Through interactive exercises and discussion, participants investigate the influence of unexpressed expectations and choice in the service relationship; and practice empathic listening and effective communication techniques.

Population(s) Served

These highly experiential workshops include in-depth explanations of the roles and responsibilities of the Attitudinal Healing group facilitator, and how this role differs from psychotherapy. Participants learn and practice skills necessary for creating and maintaining a safe group climate and introducing AH to new group members. They learn to identify the stages of group development, and the components of the AH peer group support model. Each participant has the opportunity to facilitate a support group and to receive constructive feedback on skills such as facilitative questions, validation and compassionate intervention.

Population(s) Served

In these courses, participants identify and examine issues related to various types of loss that commonly arise in Attitudinal Healing support groups including divorce, job loss, empty nest syndrome, and aging (death and bereavement are addressed in other workshops). Stages of the mourning process and subjective grieving styles are addressed. Other topics include aspects of self-care, managing strong emotions, dealing with family dynamics and creating rituals to assist in letting go.

Population(s) Served

In this beginning level course, participants learn how bereavement is different from other forms of loss and examine the various issues that arise with respect to different forms of death. Cultural attitudes about bereavement are explored and participants learn how to identify anxiety and stress symptoms in the bereaved person.

Population(s) Served

This insightful intermediate course familiarizes participants with common attitudes, feelings and religious/spiritual beliefs around death and dying, enabling them to be present with others during life’s greatest transition. In addition, participants are invited to deepen their awareness of their personal attitudes and feelings about death and the dying process.

Through role-play, experiential exercises and discussion, participants explore the different stages of death and dying from the Attitudinal Healing perspective. They also learn to address practical issues that relate to the final stages of life along with how Attitudinal Healing Principles can empower those who are facing life-threatening illness and death.

Population(s) Served

In this highly informative intermediate level course participants learn how to apply Attitudinal Healing Principles when working with families in crisis. Recognizing differing perspectives, the interrelationships of family members, the nature of family hierarchies and their impact on decision-making around dying are discussed. The importance of identifying cultural contexts for family life events is also addressed. Through role-play and sharing of personal stories, participants develop practical skills for working effectively with various coping styles within a family unit.

Population(s) Served

In this intermediate course, participants learn how the Attitudinal Healing model applies to working with children and youth. Supporting children through major life issues with positive step-by-step approaches based on The Principles of Attitudinal Healing is a primary focus of the workshop. Participants work together, finding creative ways to utilize a collection of tools that encourage greater connection and self-expression.

Population(s) Served

In these intermediate Attitudinal Healing courses, facilitators, teachers and mental health professionals in all fields learn to use the Attitudinal Healing “Power to Choose” curriculum to support students both in school and after school in making healthy and positive choices in their everyday lives. The curriculum provides an array of tools to enhance the students’ decision making process, encourage self-awareness, strengthen self-confidence and cultivate resilience.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals include the following:

1. Provide trainings, mentoring, and oversight for existing as well as emerging independent Centers for Attitudinal Healing (CAH).
2. Respond with trainings, mentoring, and oversight to established Centers for Attitudinal as well as public organizations, institutions, and communities who request cultural adaptations and integration of the Power to Choose Programs for children and youth ages 6-18.
3. Standardize and publish a replicable system for adapting a U.S.-based curriculum in culturally appropriate ways for localized, regional adaptation.
4. Develop needed online training and online courses to support increased geographic demands for development, growth, and onsite trainings.
5. Establish an online resource center to provide a communication portal for Centers and to house diverse, innovative, multi-language curricula.
6. Evaluate trainings, mentoring, oversight, and resources.
7. Publish Power to Choose curriculum along with manuals for trainers, guidelines for teachers, and pre and post standardized test measures.
8. Develop a robust sustainability plan to ensure that the program improvements will be maintained for years to come.

Some of the strategies to accomplish our organizational goals include the following:

1. Establish and maintain transparent channels of communications with Centers for Attitudinal Healing.
2. Utilize the AHI Webinar Platform at no cost for CAH to create and conduct trainings worldwide.
3. Prompt response for requests for Attitudinal Healing via the International Communications Coordinator.
4. Collect data and evaluations during all programs, trainings, or courses conducted by AHI or affiliates.
5. Analyze data and evaluations collected during programs, trainings, or courses conducted by AHI or affiliates.

Our current capabilities include the following:

A Systems administrator at 20 hours a week that maintains all website content up to date based on the information submissions from Centers for Attitudinal Healing and Groups. Our Systems Administrator also provides one-on-one training to Centers for Attitudinal Healing interested in using our online webinar platform.

A Youth Programs Coordinator with over a decade of experience in Attitudinal Healing at 20 hours a week that maintains communications with Centers for Attitudinal Healing implementing the Power to Choose. Our Youth Programs Coordinator offers training in program set up and implementation. She provides support for design, setup, launch, and evaluation of the Power to Choose including the use of standardized pre and post measures for children and youth.

An International Communications Coordinator with over 25 years of experience in Attitudinal Healing and one of the most experienced trainers in the field. Our International Communications Coordinator staff works full time to provide the first response to requests for Attitudinal Healing. She provides core materials and tools to establish Attitudinal Healing Centers and Groups as well as ongoing mentorship. Her expertise in the field of AH is critical to the development of curriculum. She conducts various onsite and online AH training and workshops including:

1. Introduction to AH
2. AH Peer Support Model
3. AH Group Facilitation
4. AH Program Facilitation
5. Loss & Grief Workshops

Additionally, our International Communications Coordinator offers organizational and program related mentoring to founders, directors, and facilitators of AH programs, Groups, and Centers. There is a strong effort to develop and expand regional AH networks in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

This year, the second cohort of the Power to Choose has ended in Douala, Cameroon for youth ages 14-18 at the Governmental Bilingual High School. The evaluation measures for the second cohort in Cameroon is in the process of being compiled. These measures are also accompanied by weekly Facilitator and Participant feedback, which will be analyzed in efforts to improve the program and services offered by AHI to program facilitators.

Additionally, the trainings offered so far by the International Communications Coordinator have been overwhelmingly successful with maximum capacity reached at each training and wait lists developed as a result.



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Board of directors
as of 11/6/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Diane Cirincione, Ph.D.

Board co-chair

Gerald Jampolsky, M.D

Harold Thau Certified Public Accountant

Carolyn Smith Cultural & Linguistic Translator

Carlos Aguirre, M.D. Child Psychiatrist

CECURA Guadalajara

Dorothy Thau Teacher & Health Consultant

Patricia Ellis International Communications Coordinator

Attitudinal Healing International

Lucero Aguirre Teacher & Curriculum Specialist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No