New England Survivors of Torture & Trauma

Join the Conversation

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 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 New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program was designed to coordinate holistic services to meet the psychological, legal, social, and physical needs of survivors of torture and their families/communities. The NESTT program represents a partnership between psychological and social work (Connecting Cultures), legal (Vermont Law School) services, and physical therapy (University of Vermont Rehabilitation Sciences). It includes the form components of:

  1. Outreach,
  2. Direct Clinical Services,
  3. Evaluation and Research, and
  4. Training. 

The overall goal is to provide a ‘nest’ in which survivors of torture receive integrated services in a culturally relevant, client centered context. NESTT is based on social justice (Fondacaro & Harder, 2014) emphasizing community voice, while acknowledging multi- agency professional expertise, and empirically based prevention, intervention and evaluation strategies. NESTT has numerous community collaborators and multiple points of service entry, which ensures the effectiveness and sustainability of the program. Moreover, given Vermont’s relatively small size and predominantly rural population, the successful implementation of this project serves as a model for neighboring states. Our recently published mental health treatment framework (Chronic Traumatic Stress; Fondacaro & Mazzulla, 2018) is comprehensive  and provides guidelines for empirical study and clinical work with survivors of torture with a strength-based lens.Our recent projects include the creation of a language free application that accompanies treatment and a pilot study testing the feasibility of telehealth therapy with older adult refugees who are confined to their homes.

Here are a couple of published articles they shared with us:


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