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2021 Greetings from NCB

Dear Colleagues,

New Year’s Greetings! On behalf of the Center for Victims of Torture National Capacity Building Project, and our partner, the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, we would like to convey our warmest wishes to all of you and your programs for a more hopeful and productive year.

Since March of last year, Survivors of Torture programs across the United States have had to rapidly adapt and innovate in order to effectively reach especially vulnerable clients – asylum seekers, immigrants, refugees,

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Research Funding Opportunity

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Research Funding Opportunity

Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury (RO1)

On December 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released RFA-CE-21-004, Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury. CDC intends to commit up

2020 ORR Survivors of Torture Program Data Points Database: Review and Updates

Description:

This training is for ORR Services for Survivors of Torture grantees.  ORR has made some updates to the Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS) Survivors of Torture (SOT) Program Data Points (PDP) Database. This mandatory training will review those changes and other SOT data reporting requirements including demographics (e.g., ethnicity, language, country of origin) and outcome indicators (e.g., separate outcomes for new and continuing clients). This webinar will also be an orientation for users new to the SOT program database.

Objectives:  

Staff of all disciplines are encouraged

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!

Fundraising for Torture Treatment

 

Description

Torture treatment programs face unique fundraising challenges and opportunities in these competitive times.  

In this webinar we will hear from two organizations - one a stand-alone program, and one that is embedded within a larger organization - about how torture treatment programs can meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the current fundraising climate. 

Topics will include:  what are the tools that can help you develop an effective fundraising program in your organization; what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a program embedded in a larger

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.”

ORR Training Webinar for Survivors of Torture Program Data Points

Description:

This webinar is for ORR Services for Survivors of Torture grantees.  ORR has created a Survivors of Torture (SOT) Program Data Points (PDP) Database which is part of the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS).  The PDP Database design is based on the PDP Form.  This webinar will provide user access training for SOT grantees.  Presenters will provide an overview of the database, review the format and reporting requirements, conduct an on-line demonstration including how to login and enter the data, and provide instructions on how to request user access.   

Objectives:  

Staff

The Science of Empathy, Empathic Reflection, and Empathic Regulation in Clinical Care

Scientific studies of the clinical impact of empathy have mushroomed over the past decade. The neurosciences have been linking the brain to social behaviors. For many, empathic listening to the trauma stories of torture survivors is seen as being at the heart of therapy. This webinar presents a brief overview of the history and science of empathy. The discovery of the biological basis of empathy "the mirror neurons” will be discussed.

Using the ORR Program Data Points to Increase the Effectiveness of Programs

Description:

This webinar is for ORR Services for Survivors of Torture grantees.  In this session we will explore ways to use the ORR SOT Program Data Points to improve the effectiveness of SOT programs. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Objectives:  

Staff of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. After the MIW, you will be able to:

  1. review the annual data reporting requirement including the newly required outcome indicators
  2. highlight the various uses of the data points including clinical progress, program evaluation, research, and grant reporting, and
  3. provide an opportunity

"Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN"

An article at the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Session Daily, “Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN,” quotes CVT’s Peter Dross, director of external relations, and Alison Beckman, senior clinician for external relations, and describes

Orientation for the ORR Services for Survivor of Torture Program (FY19-22)

Description:  This webinar provides ORR SOT grantees an overview of important aspects of working with ORR.  Included here are an introduction to new grantees, project highlights from several continuing grantees, and an update from the technical assistance grantee, the National Capacity Building Project.  ORR will review the performance progress, federal financial, and ORR data collection and reporting requirements. 

This webinar was facilitated by Tim Kelly
Program Officer, Survivors of Torture Program
Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement                   

Organizational Sustainability Part 2: A View From 3 Perspectives

Description:

Nonprofit organizations are being challenged as never before to make efficient use of the financial, community and human resources available to them to more effectively serve their clients and expand their community impact. In this measured impact mini-course we examine organizational sustainability through three essential factors:  financial stability, partnership development, and staff retention.

Organizational Sustainability: A View from 3 Perspectives

Description:

Nonprofit organizations are being challenged as never before to make efficient use of the financial, community and human resources available to them to more effectively serve their clients and expand their community impact. In this measured impact mini-course we examine organizational sustainability through three essential factors:  financial stability, partnership development, and staff retention.

Survivors of Torture Integrated Care Continuum (SOT-ICC)

The SOT-ICC (Integrated Care Continuum for Survivors of Torture) Instrument was developed by the Center for Victims of Torture with support from the NCB project partners, Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma and NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture. The NCB technical assistance project is funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) through cooperative agreement number 90ZT0142.

http://healtorture.org/content/sot-icc-guide-and-instrument

Abstract-Oral Presentation: 2018 NCTTP Research Symposium. Testing New Models of Integrated Care for Survivors of Torture.

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