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Tips on Working from Home

(Updated 6/25/2020)

Working from home has advantages and disadvantages in the best of times. With the current social distancing that is being required of us to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 working from home can be isolating and challenging. Below are some tips on working from home that were recieved from our listserv and other resources. Feel free to add your tips for working from home in the comment section. We would love to here from you!

Security Concerns with Technology during COVID-19

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19

Learn more about Coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission. Tips for avoiding these scams:

  • Hang up on robocalls.  
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails asking for personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. 
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails that claim a positive COVID-19 test within your workplace. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails claiming to be from the Centers for

Ways SOT Programs are Helping Their Clients

Moving to Tele-Health PlatformsSix hands in a different colors raised in the air reaching towards each other. Image by Natalia Ovcharenko from Pixaby.

Many programs have now transitioned to tele-health platforms to ensure the least disruption in their services to their clients. Click here for Tele-Health Software or here for Tele-Health Regulations.

  • Programs report they have contacted all their clients for initial remote check-in and some screening, over the past weeks. Check-in sessions of 10 minutes are allowable coding for case management.
  • Programs are working on needs assessment for clients during this time and beginning to screen and intake new clients via tele-health.

Wellness and Resilience During COVID-19

Methods for Building Wellness and Resilience

Thank you to Andrea Northwood, PhD, LP, CVT’s Director of Client Services at Center for Victims of Torture for this overview and  introduction to wellness and resilience resources.

We recognize that this time of uncertainty can be very anxiety-provoking and challenging. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented global health pandemic, and it is affecting all aspects of our lives, including our families and friends, work, communities, and cultures. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 either directly or indirectly; our thoughts and heartfelt wishes for safety and recovery are with you and your loved ones. Amidst all these changes, we want to draw on the lived experience & wisdom of CVT’s clinical family to start ongoing conversations about ways you can take care of yourself, your friends and family to cope with the new stresses we are all facing. Things you can do take care of yourself and others around you:

Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial

The article can be found here: Intensive psychotherapy and case management for Karen refugees with Major Depression in primary care: a pragmatic randomized control trial, in the journal BMC Family Practice. The authors of the study are Andrea K. Northwood, Maria M. Vukovich, Alison Beckman, Jeffrey P. Walter, Novia Josiah, Leora Hudak, Kathleen O’Donnell Burrows, James P. Letts and Christine C. Danner.

Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective

Kristi Rendahl, assistant professor & director, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and organizational development consultant, CVT; and Pamela Kriege Santoso, project manager, Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) Project, CVT, have an article published in the journal Torture, titled “Organizational development with torture rehabilitation programs: An applied perspective.”


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