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


 

The Science of Empathy, Empathic Reflection, and Empathic Regulation in Clinical Care

Scientific studies of the clinical impact of empathy have mushroomed over the past decade. The neurosciences have been linking the brain to social behaviors. For many, empathic listening to the trauma stories of torture survivors is seen as being at the heart of therapy. This webinar presents a brief overview of the history and science of empathy. The discovery of the biological basis of empathy "the mirror neurons” will be discussed.

Narrative Exposure Therapy for Torture Survivors in Exile: Overview and Adaptations

This session presents a brief theoretical and practical overview of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), which has emerged in recent years as a promising evidence-based treatment for PTSD in torture survivors. The presentation will assume familiarity and skill with exposure treatments and is designed for psychotherapists.  The overview covers the theoretical background for NET, basic components of the method, and references for some of the current research supporting NET.

Raising a Girl: A Handbook for Newcomer Mothers and Daughters

Raising a Girl, written by

This book, written by Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), is intended for mothers and daughters or caregivers of young girls who are new to the United States to read through and talk about together. The book focuses on healthy development and addresses topics that often come up in families that are raising girls in the U.S. 

The handbook is available as an interactive online audio book and as a downloadable PDF. Also available in Somali!

 

Gender Perspectives on Torture: Law & Practice

This report follows-up on the report of March 2016 by Juan Mendez to UNHRC. It specifically looks at torture and other types of severe punishments on “women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersexpersons” in response to the reality that most existing frameworks have been written for and about men. It includes a combination of articles and essays by global experts.

More information can be found at: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/lawwire/gender-perspectives-on-torture-law-and-practice/

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Fundamentals: Introduction to Program Evaluation

This lesson introduces Program Evaluation (43 minutes). At the end of the eLearning you will have the opportunity to take an Assessment. A score of 80% or better is required to pass the Assessment. Once passed, a Certificate of Completion will be e-mailed to you within seven business days. 

The systems, processes and information associated with Program Evaluation are vital to ensure quality programs, enhance the impact of existing programs, and to secure funding.

Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. Model Part 2

In this second session of this two-part series, Richard Mollica will facilitate a conversation with Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja, Ph.D. CEO/Clinic Director, Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC, and Laura Morrissette MA, LMHC, a therapist with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) who will use case studies to share their insights on using the H.E.A.R.T. model in a clinical setting and how it might compare with using a trauma sensitive meditation instruction approach.

Now available with closed captioning.


Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. Model Part 1

In this first session of our  Measured Impact Webinar (MIW) mini-course, "Therapy for Refugees and Torture Survivors: New H.E.A.R.T. (Healing Environment and Restorative Therapy)" Dr. Richard Mollica of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma  introduces the H.E.A.R.T. model of care in working with survivors of torture. Dr. Mollica  describes the H.E.A.R.T. model and how the concepts contained in it may provide a different way of thinking about therapy with survivors of torture.

Defining Effective Care Coordination for Mental Health Referrals of Refugee Populations in the United States

This is a new report published in the journal Ethnicity & Health, “Defining effective care coordination for mental health referrals of refugee populations in the United States,"by Patricia J. Shannon, Gregory A. Vinson, Tonya L. Horn & Evelyn Lennon. Follow the link to the online abstract: full article available for purchase.

Improving Well-Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers

CVT’s NEW Toolkit for Providers Working with Refugees

Meet Paw, a refugee from Burma seeking medical care in the U.S. for her headaches, nightmares and physical pain. She’s unfamiliar with the U.S. primary care system and she doesn’t speak English. Waiting alone at her first doctor appointment, Paw wonders, “How will the doctor understand me? What if I don’t like my interpreter? Will I ever be healthy again?”

Paw’s questions don’t end there. They’re only a few of several listed in in CVT’s new manual, “Improving Well Being

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