Advisory Council

The NCB Advisory Group (AG) provides strategic and expert guidance to, and serves as an advocate and sounding board for, the ORR-funded National Capacity Building Project (NCB).  Specifically, the AG will provide expert advice to ensure impactful activities and results of the NCB’s technical assistance goals and key deliverables, as delineated below.  The AG will further advise on technical assistance initiatives, as well as trends, gaps and needs in the field of torture rehabilitation, capacity building and training, and other relevant areas of priority. AG members may also be asked to review and provide substantive feedback on NCB materials and training modules.  The AG has no governing or managing function within the NCB.

AG Members represent diverse constituent perspectives, and a wide range of professional and technical expertise, of survivors of torture programs and refugee-serving organizations across the United States. We aim for a diverse membership, including psychologists, social workers, administrators, refugee resettlement staff, development officers, and medical and legal professionals.

The AG is composed of 8-10 members, plus the NCB project team inclusive of partner representatives from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement Survivors of Torture Program Specialist. The AG meets quarterly, over an 18-month term. There is no limit to the number of terms which an AG member may serve.

NCB’s Technical Assistance Project Goals are:

  • Increase service capacity of direct services SOT grantees and other ORR-funded organizations serving torture survivors to provide effective, holistic services that promote healing and wholeness.
  • Promote integrated care for torture survivors by creating collaborative relationships among SOT grantees, mainstream health and behavioral health care agencies, and refugee service organizations.
  • Evaluate and strengthen the quality and sustainability of SOT grantees’ services to torture survivors and their families.

Key NCB Deliverables for FY 17 – FY18 include:

  • Completing a literature review on Integrated Behavioral Health Care
  • Completing a literature review on Evidence Based Practices in Torture Treatment
  • Developing and distributing the Survivors of Torture Integrated Care Continuum measure
  • Producing Measured Impact Webinar trainings on Evidence Based Practices, sustainability, promising practices, and integrated care
  • Developing standalone e-learning based on the Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors blended-learning course
  • Developing a Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Research e-learning course
  • Training key identified organizations on medical billing