Healthy Organizations: Beyond Individual Self-Care

Burnout, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue may be intimately familiar to clinicians, but they can also intersect in ways that seriously impact organizations. Torture affects us all. How do you stay healthy while doing this work? What organizational mechanisms and policies should be in place to promote wellness? What tools are available to measure organizational health?

ORR Funding in 2016


In this webinar, the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Administration for Children and Families (ORR/ACF) and the National Capacity Building (NCB) Project, welcome the FY 2016-2018 Services for Survivors of Torture (SOT) program grantees and provide you with an overview of important aspects of the grant program.

During this webinar the direct service grantees and the technical assistance grantee are introduced, and staff from ORR/ACF provides an overview of the reporting requirements and the budget amendment process.  Information about the March 2016 SOT grantee meeting is provided.

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.


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