In-Person Trainings

LEAP Trainings & Certifications  

Learn LEAP in 1 Day or Become a Trainer in 2 Days! 

The Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia 501c3, provides evidence-based education, training and other support to individuals and organizations wishing to learn about serious mental illness (SMI), ANOSOGNOSIA (unawareness of illness), and how to more effectively help those suffering from these disorders.

Our goal is to educate, train and empower Family Caregivers, Peer Support Specialists, Professionalsinvolved in the care, recovery and safety of persons suffering from serious mental illnesson how to create relationships that lead to treatment using the LEAP approach.



The #1 reason millions of people with serious mental illness in the U.S. refuse treatment is ANOSOGNOSIA—a neurocognitive symptom that leaves a person unable to understand s/he is ill, resulting in conflict, isolation and high risk of:

  • Treatment Refusal
  • Involuntary Hospitalizations
  • Poorer Course of Illness
  • Homelessness 
  • Criminalization
  • Suicide



LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) is an evidence-based program that to teaches you how to create alliances with people struggling with serious mental illness that lead to treatment and recovery.

GET TRAINED!  Join world-renowned clinical psychologist and forensic expert , Dr. Xavier Amador, for a 1-Day Course or 2-Day Trainer Certification at one of Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia’s regional training events, for a radically different approach to more effectively help those suffering form these disorders.




Learn how to use the LEAP® Approach

This one-day course is for Professionals, Family Members and Peer Support Specialists who want to learn how to use the LEAP approach with a patient, client or loved one.

  • Identify Anosognosia vs. "Denial"
  • Lower Anger, Resistance & Defensiveness
  • Re-establish Trust & Broken Relationships
  • Create an Alliance that Leads to Treatment

Course Includes

  • The 7 LEAP® Communication Tools
  • Cutting Edge Science-based Practices
  • Updated Anosognosia Research
  • Interactive Role Plays



LEAP Course and Train-the-Trainer Course — Learn to teach the LEAP® Course (in-person only)

Become a Certified LEAP Trainer and join a national network of trainers and help us educate the world on LEAP!

The follow-up Trainer-the-Trainer Course is only for individuals who want to become a Certified Trainer and who are committed to teaching the LEAP Course within their organizations and communities.

Prerequisite:  (1) LEAP Course (in-person) and (2) Trainer Application Approved—you will be emailed an application once you register, to confirm your registration to this certification and ensure that it’s properly suited to meet your goals.

Course Includes

  • LEAP Trainer Manual and Training Materials
  • Trainer Slides and Participant Handouts
  • Access to Trainer Webinars & Conferences
  • Ongoing Training & Feedback from Dr. Amador and Senior LEAP Faculty


Which Train-the-Trainer Course is right for me?

Train-the-Trainer Course—Professionals Only  | This follow-up course is for mental health/ criminal justice professionals who are committed to teaching the LEAP Course to other professionals within their organization and community.

Train-the-Trainer Course—Family, Friends and Peers Only  This follow-up course is for Family, Friends and Peers who are committed to teaching the LEAP Course to others within their community.


  • Mental Healthcare Professionals
  • Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Family Caregivers
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Others involved in the case and safety of people suffering from mental disorders. 

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