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Our Mission

The mission of the Thrive Wellness Institute is to facilitate ongoing, interdisciplinary, community-responsive trainings simultaneously for mental health and medical clinicians committed to providing well-rounded, holistic healthcare.

The Institute

Rooted in Community

In working for decades in the mental health community in various roles, it became apparent to both Jill and Kat that mental and physical health care providers and their training tends to exist in “silos”- and not the cute kind you may find on a farm in Waco, Tx. In fact, most psychology, therapy, social work, and medical graduate-level programs (and continuing education programs)  offer little to no cross-training with one another. This gap in interprofessional understanding can result in less than ideal outcomes for clients, e.g., “Is that behavior related to anxiety, or could it be thyroid disease?” or “Is the modality of therapy I’m offering ineffective for this client, or is this outcome a sign I need to involve a psychiatrist?” Based on a large body of research, we know that a highly collaborative interdisciplinary team results in the best possible outcome for clients. The Thrive Wellness Institute’s mission is to offer ongoing interdisciplinary trainings that facilitate effective interdisciplinary team involvement. 

Our Origin

Introducing -The Thrive Wellness Institute- led by Dr. Jill Packman, PhD, RPT-S executive director and co-founder,  and Kat Geiger, LCSW, CEDS-S, PMH-C co-founder. 

Dr. Jill. Packman and Kat Geiger met 10 years ago when Kat was trying to pawn off the worst job ever on Jill (don’t worry, it wasn’t Thrive!). Though neither one of them kept that job, from that moment, they knew they were destined to work together- but in a better place. Their careers kept crossing and running parallel to one another. Jill’s work at the university, teaching in the counseling program and eventual move to interprofessional education at the UNR school of medicine; and Kat’s work in leading interdisciplinary teams both in the realm of eating disorders and perinatal mental health led them both to Thrive Wellness Reno – where interdisciplinary teams are the key to increasing treatment efficacy.  As they worked in this arena, they both identified the need for training that emphasizes this interdisciplinary approach. The Thrive Wellness Institute recognizes that each community’s mental health needs are unique, and by working and learning together with a team of specialized disciplines and listening to the learning interests of those doing the work,  we improve mental health for all.

Kat Geiger, LCSW, CEDS, PMH-C
Jill Packman, Ph.D., MFT

Upcoming Events

We are proud to announce the first of many Multidisciplinary trainings to our community

The Head and the Heart: An Integrated Approach for Psychiatry and Therapy will be held on Friday March 3rd from 9:00am-4:00pm. Dr. Jaime Gardner Ley, MD, psychiatrist and Kat Geiger, LCSW, CEDS-S, PMH-C {drop in their photos} will present on the below bulleted learning objectives through a mixture of didactic and seminar formatting. Case studies will be intertwined throughout the presentation allowing for opportunities to work with peers.

  • Classification and range of dosages for psychotropic medication 
  • Differentiate the side effects of psychotropic medications
  • When to add a psychiatrist to a client’s mental health team
  • Assessing the effectiveness of psychotropic medication as a therapist
  • The importance of integrated care in treating clients

6.0 CEU’s pending through Nevada Board of Social Work and Nevada Board of Marriage and Family Therapists


Friday, March 3, 2023


9:00am – 4:00pm

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