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


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Wednesday, 08 May 2019


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.  Attendees were given tools for hearing the survivor’s story and understanding its importance as an element of healing.  

This webinar is now available with closed captioning.


Staff of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. After the MIW, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the magnitude of mental health problems for refugees
  2. Describe Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it relates to working with survivors of torture
  3. Articulate the basic principles of hearing the trauma story
  4. Identify the key components of the H.E.A.R.T. model for therapy

Part 2 of this Series:

The second session of this two-part series will feature 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. Click here to watch.


Mollica, R.F. (2000) Invisible wounds: Waging a new kind of war. Scientific American, 282 (6), 54-57

Mollica, R.F. (2014) The New H5 Model. Trauma and Recovery: A Summary

Cochrane website:
From “Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidencebased health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. They are published online in The Cochrane Library.”





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