Advisory Group

The NCB Advisory Group (AG) provides strategic and expert guidance to, and serves as an advocate and sounding board for, the ORR-funded National Capacity Building Project (NCB).  Specifically, the AG will provide expert advice to ensure impactful activities and results of the NCB’s technical assistance goals and key deliverables, as delineated below.  The AG will further advise on technical assistance initiatives, as well as trends, gaps and needs in the field of torture rehabilitation, capacity building and training, and other relevant areas of priority. AG members may also be asked to review and provide substantive feedback on NCB materials and training modules.  The AG has no governing or managing function within the NCB.

AG Members represent diverse constituent perspectives, and a wide range of professional and technical expertise, of survivors of torture programs and refugee-serving organizations across the United States. We aim for a diverse membership, including psychologists, social workers, administrators, refugee resettlement staff, development officers, and medical and legal professionals.

The AG is composed of 8-10 members, plus the NCB project team inclusive of partner representatives from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement Survivors of Torture Program Specialist. The AG meets quarterly, over an 18-month term. There is no limit to the number of terms which an AG member may serve.

NCB’s Technical Assistance Project Objectives are:

  • Build the capacityof DS SOT grantees and ORR-funded organizations to provide effective, holistic, and integrated services to survivors and their families; and
  • Assess and strengthenthe quality and sustainability of services provided by DS SOT grantees to improve effectiveness and ensure availability beyond the project period.

Key NCB Deliverables for FY 19 – FY22 include:

  • HealTorture.org website – a repository of technical training and resource materials for SOT service providers and other related service organizations
  • Quarterly Measured Impact Webinars on Evidence Based Practices, sustainability, promising practices, and integrated care
  • Remote consultations for SOT programs
  • Annual onsite consultation and training with selected programs
  • Annual in-person training for SOT service providers
  • eLearning lessons of Fundamentals to provide services to torture survivors
  • M&E eLearning lessons integrated into Fundamentals series
  • SOT-Integrated Care Continuum and other self-assessments and reports with recommendations
  • Focused research and publication on evidence-based practices
  • Listserv and Quarterly digests on torture treatment services and related topics
  • Annual NCTTP Research Symposium and Business Meeting