Register now for NCB's Upcoming Webinar Applying Ambiguous Loss Theory to Torture Survivors: A Conversation with Pauline Boss

The National Capacity Building (NCB) Project at the Center for Victims of Torture is pleased to announce an upcoming Webinar, "Applying Ambiguous Loss Theory to Our Work with Torture Survivors: A Conversation with Pauline Boss". Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Boss as the coiner of the term ambiguous loss and author of “Loss, Trauma, and Resilience” and  “Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief”.

When: Wednesday, 11/10/21 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST. (1:00 - 2:30 CT, Noon - 1:30 MT, 11:00 - 12:30 PT)

Registration: Click on this link to register:


Survivors of torture have endured multiple and often catastrophic losses – loved ones, home, identity, culture. Some of these may be understood as Ambiguous Losses – a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding.  According to Dr. Pauline Boss “Human relationships are ruptured indefinitely by ambiguous loss, causing trauma and frozen grief. While discussions of this unique kind of loss are relatively new in professional texts and training courses, the ambiguous loss model is now being applied and researched widely in the United States and internationally.”


The overall purpose of this webinar is for participants working with torture survivor clients to consider how principles of Ambiguous Loss theory apply to our clients and how to apply those principles in direct practice.  Two cases of two torture survivor clients will be presented and Dr. Pauline Boss will respond to each case with an Ambiguous Loss perspective followed by participant discussion and questions.

Presented by the National Capacity Building Project, a collaboration of The Center for Victims of Torture and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.


Clinical staff working with survivors of torture are encouraged to attend. After attending this webinar participants will: 

  1. Define Ambiguous Loss and consider how Ambiguous Loss theory applies to clinical work with torture survivors.
  2. Identify the six Ambiguous Loss therapeutic guidelines and consider how they apply to torture survivors.
  3. Implement at least two Ambiguous Loss interventional concepts with torture survivor clients.


We hope you will be able to join us!

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Date published: 

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

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