Mental Health

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.

Psychological, social and welfare interventions for psychological health and well-being of torture survivors

Patel N, Kellezi B, Williams ACDC. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 11. 

This article is a systematic literature review, assessing the beneficial and adverse effects of psychological, social and welfare interventions for torture survivors, and comparing these effects with those reported by active and inactive controls.

Nine RCTs were included in this review. All were of psychological interventions; none provided social or welfare interventions. The nine trials provided data for 507 adults; none involved children or adolescents.

Restoring Hope and Dignity CVT Manual

This is a Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)-produced manual focusing specifically on CVT’s group counseling intervention. It has been developed based on CVT’s 15 years of group counseling experience around the world, in combination with a review of the current literature in the field, contributions from CVT’s internal experts, external peer reviewers, field counselors, and feedback from former CVT clients.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - Q2 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 Survivors Rebuilding Lives Despite Unknown Futures

Abbey Kanzer is a psychotherapist and trainer at CVT’s St. Paul Healing Center.

In my work at CVT, I’m asking clients to do a very courageous thing: to sit and reflect on and speak about what happened to them. It takes great courage, especially because the harm was caused by other people. It’s rewarding for me to know that clients trust me with their story of the very worst thing that’s ever happened to them. They are bearing the unbearable. I can help them begin making that something they can live with.

I am about to reach my 10th anniversary with CVT, and I’ve been thinking about what’s

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