Advisory Group

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on Healtorture.org or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

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 capacity of DS SOT grantees and ORR-funded organizations to provide effective, holistic, and integrated services to survivors and their families; and
  • Assess and strengthen the 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