Chapter 8: Planning Programs for Torture Survivors

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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.

Although the field of torture treatment is in its infancy, a body of knowledge has been developing over the last twenty years through accumulated clinical experience and research. Chapter 1 outlines the history of the torture treatment movement. Chapters 3 through 7 describe in some detail the major service components of programs for torture survivors: social services, psychological services, legal services and medical services.

This chapter gives additional information for program planners on needs and resource assessment, financing, choices in structuring services, and training and supporting staff in this demanding work. This information can be used to plan specialized programs for torture survivors. It can also be used by mainstream health, social service, or legal service providers who want to adapt their existing services to serve torture survivors.

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