- LEAP Is For?
- Learn Online
In 1998, while a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City, Dr. Amador together with Dr. Aaron T. Beck (the father of Cognitive Therapy), received a grant to test a brief inpatient intervention they called “Medication Adherence and Insight Therapy (MAIT).” While training therapists for the study, Dr. Amador realized that a simple communication program—with similar goals– could be devised and taught to anyone with the same positive results. This was the birth of LEAP®.
“I strongly recommend LEAP for families and therapists.” –Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
In the year 2000, a little book titled “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” was published without advertisement, book tour or fanfare of any kind. In the years since, numerous translations (including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, and even Hungarian) have been published and over half a million copies have been sold worldwide. The book taught readers how to use LEAP to engage patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder into treatment. Four editions later, the book and the tremendous demand for LEAP trainings, gave birth to LEAP Institute in 2005.
Today, LEAP Institute has faculty in the USA, EU and Asia/Pacific Region. We have trained hundreds of thousands in the LEAP approach and the demand for trainings and for the book that started it all, increase daily. That is why LEAP Institute is launching a new website to bring the worldwide grass roots community of LEAP enthusiasts together for the very first time. The online community we are building here will help to further spread LEAP Institute’s message—that trusting relationships are the key—and programs.
More important, by providing a place for the LEAP community to meet, share triumphs and defeats, debate and share, www.LEAPinstitute.org also promises to help to refine, further develop and expand our thinking on what works and what doesn’t.