Ginger Training Institute
Through multidisciplinary collaboration, we aim to train the next generation of coaches and therapists to deliver care in our unique and burgeoning telemental health space.
Learn more about our training programs:Behavioral Health Coach Training→Clinical Training→
Ginger provides its members with access to virtual mental health support through a multi-tiered collaborative care model. Behavioral health coaches, therapists, psychiatrists, and member support specialists work together to provide comprehensive care and improve treatment outcomes for members.
Upon signing up for Ginger, members have access to text-based coaching services and a library of self-guided, skill-building content. Coaches help members create an action-oriented plan to focus on the present and work towards goals for the future.
If a member needs extra support, a coach will then add a therapist to the member’s care team. Therapists at Ginger are psychologists and licensed masters-level mental health clinicians who provide goal-oriented empirically-based teletherapy through video. A psychiatrist is added to the care team when medication management is needed.
The integration of human care and technology at Ginger offers trainees an opportunity to learn how innovative care models are making mental healthcare delivery scalable and accessible to people around the globe.
Ginger is devoted to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. DEIB is integrated into all aspects of the training program and is foundational to the experience at Ginger.
Ginger invests in cultural competency and ongoing training for care providers and the entire company on topics relating to LGBTQ+, racial trauma, veterans, traditionally underserved groups, economically disadvantaged groups, and more. Ginger’s diverse group of coaches and clinicians are trained to support any member of any community.
In 2021, Ginger merged with Headspace to form Headspace Health, the world's most comprehensive and accessible mental healthcare platform. The Ginger Training Institute is a part of Headspace Health.
The Ginger Training Institute’s Behavioral Health Coaching Program provides a comprehensive curriculum with immersive training activities designed to prepare students to earn a Certificate in Behavioral Health Coaching (CBHC). This course of study will provide learning and application of evidence-based best practices in health and wellness coaching, and in the field of behavioral health coaching.
Our program is rooted in the Headspace Health values of integrity, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, transparency, compassion, psychological safety and unconditional positive regard for every human being. We are committed to creating a world where mental healthcare is accessible to all, one in which socioeconomic status and social determinants of health are no longer obstacles to high quality care.
Katie Bauer, MA, CNE, CH, CFC she/her/hers
• MA, Communication - California State University, Long Beach
• BS, Political Science Major and Women’s Studies Minor - University of Oregon
• Certified Nutrition Educator - Bauman College
Alicia Booker, MA, CPEC she/her/hers
Coach Onboard Training Specialist
• MA, Counseling - Montclair State University
• BA, English - Rutgers University
• Certified Personal and Executive Coach - The CaPP Institute
Sarah Daniels, MS, MA she/her/hers
• MA, Marriage and Family Therapy and Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling - Appalachian State University
• MS, Animal Behavior - University of Wyoming
• Certified Mindful Health & Wellness Coach Candidate, March 2022 - Guiding Mindful Change Coaching Program
Shelby Garay, NBC-HWC, FMCHC she/her/hers
Program Manager, Coach Training
• M.Ed, Higher Education and Social Justice Education Certificate, In-Progress - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• BBA, Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach - Functional Medicine Coaching Academy
Jonathan Kole, MD, MA he/him/his
Director of Psychiatry
• MD, Psychiatry - University of Pennsylvania
• MA, Bioethics - University of Pennsylvania
• BA, Double major Biology and Psychology - University of Pennsylvania
• Board Certified: Pediatric Medicine, Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry
Mirna Mejia, PhD she/her/hers
Director of Therapy
• PhD, Clinical Psychology - St. John's University
• MA, Forensic Psychology - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
• BA, Psychology - Pace University
Meghan Mitchell, MDiv/MM, NBC-HWC, CHHC, LMTD she/her/hers
• MDiv/MM, Divinity and Metaphysics - Esoteric Theological Interfaith Seminary
• BS, Counseling and Public Health - Charter Oak State College
• Certified Holistic Health Coach - Institute for Integrative Nutrition
• Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Connecticut #4558
Rhonda Peterson, MA, NBC-HWC she/her/hers
• MA, Professional Counseling - Liberty University
• MA, Human Services, Marriott & Family - Liberty University
• BS, Psychology; Minor, Sociology - Troy University
Chrystal Ramos, MS she/her/hers
• MS, Clinical Counseling - Grand Canyon University
• BS, Psychology - University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
Ceria Tarver, MS, NBC-HWC she/her/hers
Sr. Coaching Operations Associate
• MS, Professional Counseling-Grand Canyon University
• BS, Psychology-University of Phoenix
Our program is based on 3 modalities of learning:
Live Education and Training Sessions with Peer and Faculty Connection (LETS Connect)
Students will participate in 36 required weekly live sessions via Zoom that are held in cohorts of 15 students in a safe and supportive environment. Each session is approximately three hours.
Sessions will take place over nine months and are led by experienced NBC-HWC faculty course instructors. They consist of lesson presentations, large and small group discussions, and weekly application of the current module content in practice coaching sessions.
Weekly Practice Coaching
During the second half of each LETS Connect, students will participate in trios to each conduct a 20-minute practice coaching session utilizing coaching skills learned in that week’s LETS Connect session. Students will receive 10 minutes of peer feedback and participate in a group debrief session. Each student will also serve in the role of client and observer for another student during each session.
Peer Coaching Sessions with Faculty Feedback - Practical Skills Development (PSD)
Students will participate in three peer coaching sessions with another student and an NBC-HWC faculty course instructor during the live training sessions. These sessions provide valuable coach practice, as well as the experience of being a client, along with both peer and faculty feedback. Students will receive 30 minutes of detailed faculty feedback following each session, and will submit a self-evaluation during the following week.
Monthly Module Reflection
Students will reflect on the topics and skills learned in each module and write a monthly reflection about one key learning and how they will use it in the coming month. Course instructors will review monthly module reflections and provide students with written feedback.
Other Modalities of Learning
Students will watch recorded webinars, engage in required and recommended reading, written assignments, quizzes, journaling exercises, and will watch both live and recorded coaching sessions.
Weekly Faculty Office Hours
Students can attend weekly office hours with faculty members to discuss curriculum or any aspect of the program, get support for staying on track, or to discuss career goals.
Extracurricular Practice Coaching Sessions
Students are encouraged to conduct regular practice coaching sessions with their peers outside of LETS Connect practice coaching sessions. Students who are interested in coaching students from another cohort than their own may sign up to participate.
Private Course Discussion Group
Students will participate in a private, faculty-moderated all-class discussion group where they can connect with other students for updates, resources, and discussion of curriculum content.
Estimated Time Commitment
Month 1: Orientation and Foundations of Health and Wellness Coaching
Month 2: Foundations of Coaching Structure
Module 3: Foundations of Coaching Process
Module 4: Effective Communication Tools in Coaching
Module 5: Mindfulness and Emotions to Support Goals and Navigating Obstacles
Module 6: Health & Wellness Promotion, Disease Prevention Part 1
Module 7: Health & Wellness Promotion, Disease Prevention Part 2
Module 8: Supporting Mental Healthcare, Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Module 9: Coaching Competently and Confidently in the 21st Century
In order to successfully complete Ginger’s Behavioral Health Coaching Program and receive a certificate of completion students are required to:
Ginger complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008. Students may self-identify and seek adjustments by notifying the Program Director. Ginger seeks to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities on an individual basis if supported by specific information and assessment data documented by appropriate licensed professionals.
Who may apply
2. Have an associate’s degree or higher or 4,000 hours work experience in any field (if you plan to sit for the NBHWC national board exam).
We encourage all who are interested to express their goals, experience, and education in their application.
Interested candidates can complete the following form to receive more information as it becomes available: Contact Form
The Ginger Training Institute’s Clinical Training programs provide a comprehensive training experience for doctoral-level psychology trainees. We are committed to providing outstanding training, supervision, and mentorship to future psychologists, with particular emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The training program provides an immersive experience that not only allows trainees to hone their skills in teletherapy, but also allows opportunities to develop skills in our measurement based, collaborative care model. Trainees in our program gain experience collaborating with professionals across the organization and have opportunities to learn about the variety of functions within a digital health company.
I love providing clinical supervision and mentorship. My style as a supervisor is caring and supportive. I truly value developing authentic relationships with supervisees and having a front row seat to the life-changing work they do.
Most of my career has centered around clinical supervision, including serving as the Psychology Practicum Coordinator at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. Supervising many pre- and post-doctoral trainees has been an incredibly rewarding part of my career and I am thrilled to be able to serve as a supervisor through Ginger.
I am passionate about clinical supervision and training. I have benefited from fantastic mentors across my training and career, and am excited to continue in this tradition with the next generation of psychologists. Both in managing and supervising, I enjoy getting to know supervisees, cultivating their clinical interests, and mentoring them in launching their careers.
In my roles both as a supervisor and a clinician, I enthusiastically encourage whomever I work with to pursue their goals. Supervising and mentoring other clinicians is a passion of mine and has been a highlight of my career. Prior to Ginger, I was the Director of Pre-Doctoral Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs focused in geropsychology. In my current role at Ginger as Therapy Manager I continue to provide high quality clinical care to members, as well as support and mentor other clinicians. Ginger’s bold step to offer telehealth-based doctoral level training experiences is groundbreaking and I am eager to contribute to the success of our students and fellows.
Clinical training and supervision has been a passion of mine since the beginning of my career. I have conducted supervision for individuals and groups of graduate students, social workers, counselors, and psychologists, from beginner-level trainees to fully licensed professionals. My approach to supervision is integrative and linked closely to my psychotherapy style. I prioritize the development of secure professional relationships so that growth can be explored openly and unconditionally. A developmental framework informs my relational approach, ensuring supervisees get individualized support and direction at any level of training.
Supporting clinicians in the field is something I consider a privilege. Supervision has provided an invaluable opportunity to learn, mentor, model, and develop authentic relationships with supervisees. I am committed to creating a space in supervision that allows for vulnerability, challenging conversations, collaboration, and affirmations throughout what I consider to be one of the most rewarding journeys.
Ginger’s postdoctoral fellowship is designed for those who have completed both an APA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA accredited internship. Ginger postdocs work closely with a licensed psychologist to complete supervised clinical experience to obtain licensure. In addition to weekly clinical supervision, postdoctoral fellows also participate in a weekly didactic seminar, a weekly case consultation group, and other meetings with the team at Ginger.
Currently, Ginger offers four specialized tracks for the postdoctoral fellowship:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) track:
The DEIB track offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to work closely with the Ginger team to support internal DEIB efforts. This may include conducting needs assessments, developing presentations, and researching best practices. The DEIB track offers postdocs the opportunity to hone their clinical skills while also looking at DEIB from an organizational lens.
The Product track provides the opportunity to work closely with the Product team and use psychological science to inform digital health solutions. This may involve creating content that is accessible through our app, informing the way clients interact with our app, or developing programs that are accessible to our clients.
Research and Evidence track:
The Research and Evidence track offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to work with the research team at Ginger on projects evaluating the impact of on-demand mental healthcare. This may include conducting literature reviews, performing qualitative and/or quantitative data analyses, and assisting with journal manuscript development and presentations. The Research and Evidence track offers postdocs the opportunity to gain clinical experience while also continuing to develop their skills in scientific research.
The Training track provides the opportunity to continue honing skills in clinical supervision and program development. Postdoctoral fellows in this track will work with our training team to develop seminars for practicum trainees and specialized training for our full time clinicians.
Applicants are encouraged to apply to the track(s) that best fits their interest and skills. To apply to the 2022-2023 postdoctoral fellowship, please visit our careers page.
In the meantime, you are welcome to reach out to Kenli Urruty at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to discuss the program.
Ginger’s practicum/externship training is for advanced doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology.
During the Ginger practicum experience, students will be closely supervised by licensed psychologists on the Ginger team and will participate in a weekly didactic training seminar on a variety of topics relevant to their work at Ginger, with a particular emphasis on training in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therapy sessions will be video recorded and students will be provided weekly feedback on their skills. In addition to close contact with supervisors and the Director of Training, the Ginger practicum experience will provide the opportunity to learn about Ginger’s unique service delivery model, including the opportunity to collaborate with behavioral health coaches and leverage in-app content to help clients gain skills and meet treatment goals. The practicum experience will also provide the opportunity to gain exposure to a breadth of functions within the company, including marketing, sales, and product development. The remote nature of the training experience will allow students to connect with trainees from other doctoral programs, as well as Ginger staff members from across the country.
The Ginger practicum placement will be 10-20 hours per week. Students will work with the Director of Clinical Training to determine their schedule. All students will gain experience in providing individual therapy via telehealth. Additional opportunities to create and conduct classes/workshops may be available. Students will also participate in a weekly didactic seminar on a variety of topics relevant to the work at Ginger.
Who may apply
Ginger’s practicum placement is open to clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students who have at least two years of prior clinical experience.
Please submit the following materials via email to Kenli Urruty, PhD, Director of Training at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled.