Eugene F. Augusterfer

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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.

Eugene F. Augusterfer, LCSW, is the Director of Telemedicine for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and a core faculty member of HPRT’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Program.  At HPRT, he has helped develop HPRT’s innovative model that addresses the need for sustainable care in post-disaster areas through the use of telemedicine, including mobile technology or mHealth. In addition to his telemedicine work with HPRT, he is actively involved in the broader field of telemedicine as the Chair Emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association Mental Health Group. As such, he has been instrumental in the design, development and implementation of telemedicine programs for a number of organizations, including governmental agencies and private industry. Additionally, he is actively involved in many of HPRTs development programs.
 
He has provided advice and guidance to key senior executives in the international community including the United Nations Development Programme (Disaster Response), the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum on issues related to mental health, disaster recovery and telemedicine.
 
In addition to his affiliation with the HPRT, he maintains a clinical psychotherapy practice and is a member the Georgetown University Medical School – McLean Psychiatric Study Group (founding member), the World Bank Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group (founding member and co-leader),  and the World Economic Forum, Wellness Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland.
 
He has authored, co-authored and presented numerous papers on various topics in the mental health field, most recently focused on post-disaster trauma recovery.
 
Due, in part, to his relationship with some of the best and brightest at the World Bank, he has developed an interest in understanding the intersection of mental health well-being and economic factors, such as livelihood training and economic self-sustenance.