Iraqi Torture Survivors: Assessment and Clinical Case Review

This webinar, from August 13, 2008, features Husam Abdulkhaleq and Abdallah Boumediene of ACCESS.

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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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

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The first half of this webinar describes various tools that health care providers can use to determine the traumatic history of their clients. ACCESS’ PTSD scale, the Hopkins Checklist25, and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire can all be used to assess the needs of the patient. All of the forms listed in this webinar are bilingual and available on the CVT webpage.

In the second half, the presenters use an anonymous client to describe backgrounds common to Iraqi. The patient was raised by an abusive father and step-mother, and then married into an abusive marriage. Through the use of metaphoric therapy, she was able to describe the events of her past. Upon arrival in Pennsylvania, the patient developed anxiety and felt isolated until moving to Deerborn, MI where more Arabs lived. She was treated for anxiety, depression, and nightmares with psychotropic medicine. She also participated in individual therapy, metaphor therapy, and working with case managers to help her in adapting to life in the United States.

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