APA International Learning Partner Program

Women on a boat in Dhaka

Travel to Bangladesh with the APA International Learning Partner Program.

Applications are due Jan. 1, 2018.

Initiated in 2012 with a trip to Havana, Cuba, the APA International Learning Partner Program promotes understanding of the field of psychology and the work of psychologists in countries outside of the United States. The APA International Learning Partner Program advances this goal through international experiences in psychology with an emphasis on practice, education/training, research and policy. The 2018 program to Bangladesh is open to psychologists and graduate students of psychology who are interested in building professional collaborations with colleagues in South Asia.

APA will host a trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh to attend the Asian Regional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Conference (ARCBT) and, optionally, the International Conference of Psychology Educators (ICOPE) from Feb, 16-18, to visit organizations and institutions where psychologists work in the city, to engage in seminars with professionals in the field. Program dates are Feb. 8-18, 2018. An optional extension to Sundarbans Reserve Forest is scheduled for Feb. 18-21, 2018.

Contact Taylor Wardle for any questions about this program.

There is an estimated 20 CEU's as part of this program.

*There may be additional costs pending minimum group size confirmation.

Human Chain in Bangladesh on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day in Bangladesh

Human chain in Bangladesh on World Mental Health Day (WMHD)
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Trip Information

APA travelers will meet as a group on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. During the first week in Bangladesh, APA travelers will attend the Asian Regional Conference of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ARCBT). The ARCBT is a clinically-oriented meeting of scientist-practitioners in the field. After the ARCBT, APA participants will travel for two days to Coxesbazar in western Bangladesh to work as volunteer support with refugees. Upon return to Dhaka, the professional visit begins including exposure to information and practice about psychology education and training in Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi mental health care system, and the history and current status of psychology in Bangladesh, as well as visits to Bangladeshi institutions, clinics and offices and interactions with Bangladeshi psychologists. Additional tourist activities are also included. Attendance at International Conference of Psychology Educators (ICOPE) is optional during Feb. 16-18, 2018 at an extra charge.

Travelers who confirm participation by Dec. 15, 2017 can submit proposals to ARCBT and present in Bangladesh. As part of the program, APA travelers will be awarded membership in the Bangladesh Psychological Association.

2018 Activities



Thursday, Feb. 8 Group orientation
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Meeting with Bangladeshi psychologists
  • Pre-conference workshop attendance (extra fee)


  • Dhaka University tour

Saturday, Feb. 10

ARCBT Conference
Sunday, Feb. 11 ARCBT Conference
Monday, Feb. 12
  • ARCBT Post-conference workshop (extra fee)


  • Visit to “New Market”
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Travel to Coxesbazar
  • Volunteer work/visit to Ukhiya Refugee Camp

*Spend the night in Coxesbazar*

Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Volunteer work/visit to Ukiya Refugee Camp

*Return to Dhaka*

Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Dhaka University – Meet chancellor and psychology faculty
  • Visit Touri Foundation
  • Shopping at Lalmatia
Friday, Feb. 16
  • Garment factory visit
  • Meeting with the Minister of Health
Saturday, Feb. 17 Visit Center for Traumatized Women and Children
Sunday, Feb. 18

*Extended Tour Travelers: Leave for Khulna

*Standard Tour Travelers: Afternoon free

Monday, Feb. 19

*Extended tour: Arrive Khulna

  • Boat to Kotka
  • Arrive Sundarban
Tuesday, Feb. 20

*Extended tour:

  • Jungle tour via boat
  • Seabeach tour
  • Wildlife sanctuary
Wednesday, Feb. 21

*Extended tour:

  • Return to Khulna via boat
  • Transport to Jessore Airport and return to Dhaka
Thursday, Feb. 22 Return to the USA
Early bird registration — must apply and submit deposit by Jan. 1, 2018
  • $3275 Student (double occupancy - per person)
  • $3635 Non-student (double occupancy - per person)
  • $4395 Non-student (single occupancy)
After Jan. 1, 2018
  • $3475 Student (double occupancy - per person)
  • $3835 Non-student (double occupancy - per person)
  • $4595 Non-student (single occupancy)

*Extended trip: Those who decide to take part in the Sundarbans Wildlife Reserve extended trip will spend an additional $650-$750.


Apply now

After submitting the form using the link above, please email the following documents with your signature to to Taylor Wardle:

Past Programs

In partnership with Professionals Abroad, (2012 and 2013) and Common Ground (2014 and 2016), APA sponsored professional visits to Cuba, which has traditionally been less accessible to travel and exchange. Program participants traveled as a group, met with psychology organizations, faculty, service providers and researchers, visited university, community and clinical settings and participated in cultural activities.

Cuba 2016

A group of psychologists traveled to Cuba for an eight-day trip to learn about Cuban psychology education and history, and the Cuban health care system, and to attend Hominis 2016, a conference organized by The Cuban Psychology Society.

More about this program: APA in Cuba: Building relations and building collaborations

Cuba 2014

A group of psychologists led once more by 2012 APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, travelled to Cuba to learn about the Cuban health system and participated in the 7th International Congress on Health Psychology — Psychohealth 2014, organized by the Cuban Society for Health Psychology.

More about this program: Psychology in Cuba

Cuba 2013

Led by Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, participants met with Cuban colleagues to discuss major health issues and psychology's unique role in health care and health education in Cuba. The program included one "mini-conference" day with presentations and exchange with Cuban psychologists on research/application topics.

More about this program: APA sponsors second professional visit to Cuba

Cuba 2012

A group of 16 psychologists travelled to Cuba with program leader Carol Goodheart, EdD, to explore models of psychology education and training, and mental health systems in Cuba. The program report (PDF, 687KB) includes a summary of each meeting, personal/cultural highlights of the visit, outcomes and next steps. This program was eligible for CE credit.

More about this program: APA delegation visits Cuba

CIRP 2012 Annual Report