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We encourage people who are serving survivors of torture to submit resources to this website.

Therapy and Justice Presentation Recording and Resources

In light of the recent events, there is a greater need now than ever to examine power and bias within therapy as well as amplify a multitude of perspectives on healing outside of Western, Eurocentric theories and ideologies. Robin Chancer, LCSW, a psychotherapist at Program for Torture Victims (PTV), presented on "Therapy and Justice: Unpacking Western Bias and Expanding Healing" back on August 10 and the recording and resources were shared. 

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Tips on Talking to Kids about COVID-19

(Updated 6/26/2020)

Helpful information regarding talking to children about COVID-19 from The National Association of School Psychologists, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of School Psychologists, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN),  the World Health Organization (WHO), PBS, and Switchboard. Many of these resources are multilingual.

The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”

A new article published by Torture Journal, “The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”” was supported by the National Capacity Building (NCB) technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The authors argue that in order to effectively treat torture survivors, providers must understand and address multiple and complexly related factors. A Complex Care Approach (CCA), an adaptation of the Chronic Care Model, is presented and applied to a composite case of a former child soldier from Liberia who survived torture and is in the United States. The CCA includes five domains, including the Trauma Story, Bio-medical, Psychological, Social, and Spiritual domains.

CVT PATH Bibliography Q1 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The bibliography includes peer-reviewed journal article citations in these areas; select original summaries of those articles; and links to the publicly available abstracts and full-text versions of these articles.

Telemedicine in Mental Health

The National Capacity Building (NCB) Project at the Center for Victims of Torture is pleased to announce a two-part on-demand learning experience on using telehealth to provide mental health services for survivor of torture clients. This is an opportunity to learn about implementing telemental health from one of the foremost experts in the US on providing telemental health services and then connect with your colleagues to delve more deeply into the nuanced questions and dilemmas specific to delivery of services torture survivors via telemental health.  

  • Part One: Presentation and Interview by Eugene Augusterfer 
  • Part Two: Online Forum


We start with a presentation by Eugene Augusterfer on the basics of providing mental health services through tele-health followed by an in-depth interview where Mr. Augusterfer answers questions on implementing telemental health in SOT programs. This presentation will help you understand what telemental health is; what technology is needed; what providers need to know to deliver telemental health effectively;  and includes protocols for both providers and clients that will help assure success.

Tele-Therapy Regulations

(Updated 7/1/2020)

There have been changes to teletherapy regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay up to date with the links below. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any tele-health platform.

COVID-19 Resources

(Updated 6/29/20)

On this page you will find links to resources on a number of subjects to help you, your staff, and your clients. The National Capacity Building Project (NCB) is planning to organize technical support activities and resources to SOT programs, as you continue to adapt your services within your respective programs and locations.  Subject matter may include telehealth, mind-body/stress management, self-care, among others. We will be updating these pages with informaion on a daily basis. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org. We are also using our listserv to share information daily. To request membership to our list, click here.

Tele-Therapy Software

(Updated 6/25/2020)

Below are some tele-health software and tips shared with us by a variety of different organizations through various channels including NCB's Advisory Group and our listserv. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org.

Tips on Working from Home

(Updated 6/25/2020)

Working from home has advantages and disadvantages in the best of times. With the current social distancing that is being required of us to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 working from home can be isolating and challenging. Below are some tips on working from home that were recieved from our listserv and other resources. Feel free to add your tips for working from home in the comment section. We would love to here from you!

Security Concerns with Technology during COVID-19

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19

Learn more about Coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission. Tips for avoiding these scams:

  • Hang up on robocalls.  
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails asking for personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. 
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails that claim a positive COVID-19 test within your workplace. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails claiming to be from the Centers for

Ways SOT Programs are Helping Their Clients

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Many programs have now transitioned to tele-health platforms to ensure the least disruption in their services to their clients. Click here for Tele-Health Software or here for Tele-Health Regulations.

  • Programs report they have contacted all their clients for initial remote check-in and some screening, over the past weeks. Check-in sessions of 10 minutes are allowable coding for case management.
  • Programs are working on needs assessment for clients during this time and beginning to screen and intake new clients via tele-health.

Wellness and Resilience During COVID-19

Methods for Building Wellness and Resilience

Thank you to Andrea Northwood, PhD, LP, CVT’s Director of Client Services at Center for Victims of Torture for this overview and  introduction to wellness and resilience resources.

We recognize that this time of uncertainty can be very anxiety-provoking and challenging. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented global health pandemic, and it is affecting all aspects of our lives, including our families and friends, work, communities, and cultures. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 either directly or indirectly; our thoughts and heartfelt wishes for safety and recovery are with you and your loved ones. Amidst all these changes, we want to draw on the lived experience & wisdom of CVT’s clinical family to start ongoing conversations about ways you can take care of yourself, your friends and family to cope with the new stresses we are all facing. Things you can do take care of yourself and others around you:


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