Strategies for building community


Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 3 - Reconnecting Survivor Communities at the International Institute of Connecticut


This webinar is the third in the NCB Project’s three-part series on Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.  In the series, the NCB Project will highlight three Survivors of Torture programs that are using innovative techniques to provide group treatment.

“Beauty School” is an innovative 12-session, client-led, women-only task group developed by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN).  Combining client self-care with environmental mastery, Beauty School promotes survivor engagement and community integration via life skills speakers and neighborhood field trips.

Helping Clients Gain Independence and Self-Sufficiency Through a Bikes for Clients Program


Take two wheels, add some pedals and brakes, and finish with a flourish of gears and you have what Cynthia McArthur considers a valuable tool for helping victims of torture progress in the healing process.  McArthur, long-time volunteer at the Center for Victims of Torture and an avid bicyclist, first recognized the benefits of a bicycle donation program while seeking to combine her background in social work with her love for the sport.

Introduction to Tactical Mapping: A Tool for Expanding Relationships and Resources

Webinar Description

This webinar introduces the process of tactical mapping and highlights examples of how a tactical map tool can be utilized in community engagement projects and for organizational and client issues.  This tool will allow users to explore potential resources and identify areas for tactical intervention.  During this training, you will learn how an organization's leadership can use tactical mapping for advocacy and outreach efforts, and how torture treatment clinicians can engage clients in building their own tactical map to identify human relationship resources.

Community connections

Connect survivors to an international community of survivors

Torture Abolition & Survivor Support Coalition ( TASSC is a coalition of torture survivors, representing countries and ethnic groups throughout all parts of the world. TASSC believes that survivors are one of the strongest and most effective voices in the campaign to abolish torture. Joining TASSC is free for survivors: contact

Welcoming America

Site that provides outreach and support tools, and "works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns." The site provides a wealth of resources to create dialogue like this in your community, and may be very useful to you in your outreach to communities that are in the process of absorbing torture survivors, among other immigrants.


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