National Capacity Building Project

Guide to Services

Welcome to the 2016-18 Guide to Services

Welcome! This video is a brief introduction to the 2016-18 National Capacity Building Project Guide to Services.


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This year ushers in a new and exciting direction for the National Capacity Building (NCB) Project at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). We are now working in collaboration with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, to provide capacity building and training to organizations across the United States serving survivors of torture. As the technical assistance arm of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Survivors of Torture Program(SOT), our work will focus on promoting integrated, sustainable torture survivor rehabilitation services. Our aim is to support and strengthen SOT programs and refugee-serving organizations as they provide specialized services to survivors and within torture-impacted communities.

This collaboration builds on the pioneering work of our three organizations in the integrated healthcare of survivors of torture and trauma, as well as our 84 years of combined experience in torture rehabilitation and 32 years of combined experience in capacity building. Our technical assistance work will be built on the development and use of an SOT-specific integrated care framework, to measure the coordinated, co-located, and integrated levels of care among providers. We will design capacity building and training based on this new measure, to assist SOT programs and refugee-serving organizations as they move incrementally toward eventual integrated care.

The National Capacity Building Project has Three Major Goals

Increase the service capacity of organizations working with torture survivors across the U.S. to provide effective, holistic services that promote healing and wholeness.

Promote integrated care for torture survivorsby creating collaborative relationships among torture survivor rehabilitation programs, mainstream health and behavioral healthcare agencies, and refugee service organizations.

Evaluate and strengthen the quality and sustainability of services for torture survivors among ORR Survivors of Torture programs.

Summary of NCB Project’s Technical Assistance and Training Components

To accomplish these goals, the NCB has prioritized the following project components. Click on the links below for a full description of each of the components:

Getting to Know You

From time to time NCB will send out surveys to solicit your input and ensure that our work remains relevant to you and addresses your needs.  We design surveys carefully, mindful of your time, and make transparency a goal – letting you know what the responses were, and providing you with appropriate feedback from surveys that you complete.  In the coming project cycle, survey topics will include online resource usage, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Integrated Care.