Mental Health

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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 Healtorture.org 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.

Improving Well-Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers

CVT’s NEW Toolkit for Providers Working with Refugees

Meet Paw, a refugee from Burma seeking medical care in the U.S. for her headaches, nightmares and physical pain. She’s unfamiliar with the U.S. primary care system and she doesn’t speak English. Waiting alone at her first doctor appointment, Paw wonders, “How will the doctor understand me? What if I don’t like my interpreter? Will I ever be healthy again?” Paw’s questions don’t end there. They’re only a few of several listed in in CVT’s new manual, “Improving Well Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers.”  Paw is a fictional character whose real-life experiences mirror those of clients in CVT’s Healing Hearts program.

Boundaries in the Electronic Age

With the cell phone, tablets, home computers, and the internet social services and health care have undergone radical changes in the last two decades. This webinar will examine ethical and professional practice issues related to this evolution in methods of communication.  Use of internet searches on clients, communication via texting, the use of blogs and help sites, friending on social media sites, will be discussed along with things which may require the development of program policies and/or standards.

Staff of

Joseph Wesonga

Physiotherapist/Trainer, The Center for Victims of Torture in Kakuma

“Already at CVT Kakuma, clients are responding to physiotherapy,” writes Joseph Wesonga, physiotherapist/trainer at CVT’s newest location in Kakuma, in this article about his work. “At the end of the first 10-week therapeutic cycle, clients reported improvements in their mood and general well-being. Others observed a decrease of their depressive symptoms, due to the combination of counseling and physio. I now see clients who are focused, able to speak for themselves and determined to add value to society.”

For further

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography Q1 2018

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter. The PATH bibliography is a resource for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological wellbeing of these populations.

Syrian Refugees

Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians

http://www.unhcr.org/55f6b90f9.pdf

This report aims to provide information on the sociocultural background of the Syrian population as well as cultural aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing relevant to care and support. It is based on an extensive review of the available literature on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), within the context of the current armed conflict in Syria.

Somali Refugees

Culture, Context and Mental Health of Somali Refugees

https://data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/download/52624

This review’s aim is to provide information about the sociocultural background and contextual aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the Somali population. It is primarily written for humanitarian staff involved in providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to Somali people who have been affected by displacement, both within Somalia as well as countries hosting Somalia refugees, particularly within neighbouring African countries.

Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities e-Consultation

This e-consultation follows the webinar on Group Work with Survivors of Torture: Engaging Communities. See that webinar for additional resources and learning objectives.

The discussion focuses on these questions and issues:

  • How did your organization determine that you would implement group work? 
  • How did your organization determine what kinds of groups you would implement? 
  • What challenges have you encountered in implementing your group and how have you addressed them?
  • What insights have you gained in doing group work? 
  • What are the challenges of doing Group work with SOTs in two languages?
  • How

Fielding Difficult Questions about Clients’ Human Rights

An article by the Center for Victims of Torture's Casie Iwata, MA, MSW, LGSW, on how to respond to the human rights concerns of survivors.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - Q4 2016

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter. The PATH bibliography is a resource for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological wellbeing of these populations.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - Q3 2016

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter. The PATH bibliography is a resource for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological wellbeing of these populations.

Promoting Safety with our Clients e-consultation

This e-consultation follows the webinar on Promoting Safety with our Clients. See that webinar for many additional resources, learning objectives, etc.

Resources

The following resources pertain to topics that came up during the online consultation.

Northwest Refugee and Immigrant Health Coalition

Sanctuary cities

Promoting Safety with our Clients

Service providers who work with survivors of torture and forced migration know that their clients face many challenges in navigating environments that feel unsafe and out of their control. Concerns about their safety and their family's safety may be associated with living in a high-crime neighborhood, where "there is nothing 'post' about PTSD"; with fearing the police or other people in uniforms due to their trauma triggers; or with concerns about what seems to be an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric and the larger and, for now unanswerable, concerns around immigration and deportation.

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