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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 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.

Descriptive, inferential, functional outcome data on 9,025 torture survivors in the United States

A paper authored by 23 centers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs paints a nuanced portrait of 9,025 torture survivors living in the United States many of whom are refugees or asylum seekers. This report documents torture in 125 countries, with findings drawn from the largest collection of data compiled and published about torture survivors across a single country. The report emphasizes the high mental and physical health consequences of torture.

Resettlement of Syrian Refugees - ORR Dear Colleague letter

ORR director Bob Carey responds to U.S. governors declaring their intention to reject Syrian refugees.

Participatory Institutional Analysis

This performance assessment tool, developed by World Learning, is used when it is important to understand the level of development or the capacity of an organization and the most important things that need attention to build capacity and increase effectiveness. The Center for Victims of Torture has found this tool to be helpful and effective in multiple contexts, including its national and international capacity building work. World Learning offers a free online course to help you use the PIA for your organization.

Effective Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Pro Bono Providers


In a recent survey conducted by CVT’s National Capacity Building Project to Survivors of Torture programs, many of you responded that when working with community providers, you experience significant challenges in developing effective, ongoing services for survivors.  In this webinar three torture treatment programs that have developed a network of successful pro bono relationships will discuss their strategies for recruiting and retaining this valuable resource and share special considerations to make when working with these providers.


After attending this webinar

Priority Matrix

The Priority Matrix (from Management Sciences for Health) is a tool for organizations to use in setting priorities. The Priority Matrix helps participants rank actions based on their time to complete, cost, importance to quality, and availability of resources. This tool can be used to prioritize strategies and actions as part of developing an action plan. It assumes that participants have completed a root cause analysis first, so that the selected actions address the root causes of the problem and not just the symptoms.

Attached are the blank Matrix and instructions for its use.

The Manager: Management Strategies for Improving Health Services

This magazine, from Management Sciences for Health, outlines the connections between work climate, employee motivation, and performance. It describes how managers can assess the climate in their work group and shows how they can use the results to make changes in leadership and management practices that will motivate their group to do the best work possible and improve results.

Multidimensional Mental Health Service Provider Checklist

The Multidimension Mental Health Service Provider Checklist is being developed by the Center for Victims of Torture to facilitate a participative assessment of a small agency that provides mental health services to victims of organized violence and torture. It is organized across three inter-connected domains: capacity to deliver mental health services; the level of organizational development in support of mental health services; and, monitoring and evaluation of mental health services. Each domain is sub-divided into approximately 20 sections each of which contains between 5 and 10 items.

Financial Management Assessment Tool

The Financial Management Assessment Tool (FINMAT) (from Management Sciences for Health) is an important tool for organizational assessment and development, focused on financial management. The tool helps managers assess their organizations’ financial management capacity, identify areas for improvement, make specific action plans to address shortcomings, and monitor for improvement. It is intended to establish a baseline and then track progress. The FINMAT has been used successfully in various countries. 

Free; available in English, French, and Spanish. 

Holistic Sustainability - 2015 NCB Institute

NCB's annual training institute for 2015 was on the topic of "Holistic Sustainability", and was held July 28 - 30 in St. Paul, MN.

The term Holistic Sustainability was first used in the context of environmentalism and sustainable living.

Social Media in Service of Torture Survivors


In this webinar, C.C. Strom and Beth Scudder share a case study of how the Center for Victims of Torture uses social media to support their work. This includes how to grow your Facebook fan base, how to evaluate social media platforms, how to report and track effectiveness, and how to use email newsletters and other email contacts effectively. We also share highlights of other Survivor of Torture programs’ use of social media, best practices, and tips for how to get started and keep momentum going.


By the end of this webinar, listeners will be able to:  

  1. Evaluate


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