Mental Health

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.


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IBHC for Refugees: A Qualitative Inquiry


There is a tremendous unmet need for behavioral health services among refugee populations in the U.S. Integrated care is one promising approach to improving refugee populations’ access to high quality mental health services, and it is receiving increasing resources from funding sectors as part of health care reform. While there is much excitement about integrated care, there remains a clear need for research on how integrated care works in practice and how it works for specific populations.

Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 3 - Reconnecting Survivor Communities at the International Institute of Connecticut


This webinar is the third in the NCB Project’s three-part series on Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.  In the series, the NCB Project will highlight three Survivors of Torture programs that are using innovative techniques to provide group treatment.

“Beauty School” is an innovative 12-session, client-led, women-only task group developed by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN).  Combining client self-care with environmental mastery, Beauty School promotes survivor engagement and community integration via life skills speakers and neighborhood field trips.

The Mental Health Effects of Torture Trauma and Its Severity: A Replication and Extension

Isakson, B. L., & Jurkovic, G. J. (2013). Healing After Torture: The Role of Moving On. Qualitative Health Research, 23(6), 749-761. doi:10.1177/1049732313482048

Abstract: The experience and sociocultural context of torture and its treatment have received little attention in the biopsychosocial model of Western mental health for survivors of torture. The main focus has been on the reduction of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and related conditions. Using grounded theory methodology, we investigated survivors’ perceptions of the nature and process of healing after torture.

Mental health among torture survivors: cultural background, refugee status and gender

Schubert, C. C., & Punamääki, R. (2011). Mental health among torture survivors: cultural background, refugee status and gender. Nordic Journal Of Psychiatry, 65(3), 175-182. doi:10.3109/08039488.2010.514943

Background: The experience of torture places the survivors at a heightened risk for somatic and mental health problems. Aims: This study examined the role of culture, refugee status and gender in the mental and somatic health among help-seekers in a centre for torture survivors in Finland.

Method: The 78 participants (29 women and 49 men) were interviewed and assessed with the Impact of

War trauma and torture experiences reported during public health screening of newly resettled Karen refugees: a qualitative study

Cook, T., Shannon, P., Vinson, G., Letts, J., and Dwee, E.  (2015).  War trauma and torture experiences reported during public health screening of newly resettled Karen refugees: A qualitative study.  BMC: International Health and Human Rights, 15(8), 1-13.

Link is to abstract & web page for article. The full article is accessible on the right hand side of the page in plain text or PDF formats.

Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture 2 - Stage Two Remembrance and Mourning

Reflections on a Women's Psychotherapy Group at the Center for Victims of Torture

With this webinar, the NCB Project continues a series:  Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture.

Survivors of Torture programs across the US are creating and using innovative and effective techniques in providing treatment services through groups. In this series, we will feature three torture rehabilitation programs that are conducting group treatment, within Judith Herman's three-staged framework - as written about in her book, Trauma and Recovery.

This webinar is the second in the NCB Project’s three-part

Abbey Kanzer, PsyD, LP

Abbey Weiss Kanzer, PsyD Clinical Psychology, LP is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Kanzer obtained her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Twin Cities. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology as a Licensed Psychologist. At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Dr. Kanzer has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients. This includes clients from more than 10 different countries.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - Q4 2014

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.


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