National Capacity-Building Project
Participants in the National Capacity Building project are eligible to nominate staff members for the annual blended learning course, Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors.
Originally piloted in January-February 2010, the course is generally offered annually starting at the beginning of the year. It has been offered in summer of 2010, January-February 2011, January-February 2012, January-February 2013, and April-June 2013. Its next instance will be in January-March 2014. If you are interested in participating in a future iteration of the course, or wish to nominate a participant, look for the announcement on the listserv or email email@example.com.
About the course
This course has been developed by senior staff in programs for torture survivors and covers the main service areas of working with torture survivors. Course topics include: core concepts and eligibility requirements, cultural competence, working with interpreters, legal services, medical services, mental health services, social services, holistic care planning, and self-care. The course consists of recorded on-line animated PowerPoint lectures, online threaded discussions with the instructor and other participants, readings, videos, exercises, and meetings with a designated mentor within each participating organization. Most elements of the course can be done at self-chosen times by each enrollee, within a weekly timeframe. Please see the attached flyer that summarizes the objectives of the course and provides some comments from participants or mentors from the previous offerings of the course. This summary will be useful to pass on to potential course enrollees. In general, evaluations by participants and mentors of the course have been very positive, both of the format and the content.
Requirements of the course
Participants in the course must be providing direct services to torture survivors in one or more of the following service areas: medical, mental health, legal, social service or case management. The course will last nine weeks and will take about 30 hours of time to complete (3-5 hours per week). Each participant must have an assigned mentor within their organization. The mentor is an experienced staff person who will meet with the participant for about one hour each week during the course to discuss the course content and how it relates to their own organization's work. Each participant must have access to a computer with internet access in order to participate in an introductory webinar and access on-line learning modules, videos, and the threaded discussion group. Because this is a large time commitment, it is important that your organization be committed to providing your participating staff members work time to participate in the course as well as the mentor who will meet with them weekly.
We limit enrollment to twenty participants in order to maximize the benefits of discussions among the participants and course leader.
Program administrators are asked to designate a mentor for each nominee. A mentor can work with multiple nominees, if desired. From July through September 2011, NCB conducted interviews with the mentors as part of the evaluation of the Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors course. The goal of the evaluation was to assess the extent to which course participants had applied the course in their practice. The evaluation is attached here.
To see a list of all webinars in all topics, click here.