Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 2 - Stage Two Remembrance and Mourning

This webinar, from April 22, 2015, features Abbey Weiss Kanzer, PsyD, LP, of the Center for Victims of Torture.
This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Reflections on a Women's Psychotherapy Group at the Center for Victims of Torture

With this webinar, the NCB Project continues a series:  Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.

Survivors of Torture programs across the US are creating and using innovative and effective techniques in providing treatment services through groups. In this series, we will feature three torture rehabilitation programs that are conducting group treatment, within Judith Herman's three-staged framework - as written about in her book, Trauma and Recovery.

This webinar is the second in the NCB Project’s three-part series on Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.  In the series, the NCB Project will highlight three Survivors of Torture programs that are using innovative techniques to provide group treatment. This second webinar will feature an in depth look at a women’s psychotherapy group conducted at the Center for Victims of Torture.  This group represents a Stage Two – Remembrance and Mourning -  group of Judith Herman's framework for healing from trauma.  Dr. Kanzer will discuss many aspects of facilitating these level 2 groups including how to start and how not to get stuck, the development of the “group community,” balancing group needs vs. individual needs of participants, how to work with and honor the trauma experiences within the context of group, and the role of the clinician in the group to help maintain aspects such as group safety and attention to group process. 

Objectives

After attending this webinar participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify the benefits to survivors of torture of participation in a psychotherapy group.
  2. Describe the differences between a psychotherapy group and an education and support group.
  3. Describe the role of the clinician in the group.
  4. Discuss successes and challenges experienced in one particular group iteration.

Presenter

Abbey Weiss Kanzer, PsyD, LP

Psychotherapist and trainer

The Center for Victims of Torture

Abbey Weiss Kanzer, PsyD, LP is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Kanzer obtained her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology as a Licensed Psychologist. At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Dr. Kanzer has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients. This includes clients from more than 10 different countries. She also worked on an initiative called the Healing in Partnership Project at CVT. This project sought to bring mental health education and treatment outside of the clinic and into communities affected by war and trauma. The communities she is currently working with include Karen (pronounced Kah-Ren) refugees from Burma, Bhutanese, and Oromo from Ethiopia. Dr. Kanzer has worked at the Center since July, 2006.

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