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 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.

Alison Beckman, MSW, LICSW

Ms. Beckman is a senior clinician for external relations at the Center for Victims of Torture focusing on public policy and advocacy. Project entitled: Healing Hearts, Creating Hope; Exploring the Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Services for New Refugees. She has worked at CVT headquartered in St. Paul, MN., for 18 years in a variety of capacities. Previously, she provided psychological evaluation and treatment services to survivors of torture in group and individual capacities in Minnesota, serving as a clinical supervisor in the later years.

Captain John J. Tuskan, Jr.

U.S. Public Health Service Officer, SAMHSA

Captain John Tuskan, a U.S. Public Health Service Officer, is assigned to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Under a SAMHSA intra-agency agreement with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), he serves as Senior Public Health Advisor and Director of the Refugee Mental Health Program, which provides technical assistance, consultation and training on the mental health, welfare and social integration of refugees, torture survivors and other vulnerable populations.

He has

Abbey Weiss, PsyD, LP

Psychotherapist and Trainer, The Center for Victims of Torture

Dr. Abbey Weiss is a psychotherapist and trainer at The Center for Victims of Torture. Dr. Weiss 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. Weiss has a position as a psychotherapist providing psychological evaluation and treatment services for clients.

Kate Sugarman, MD

Family Practice Physician, Kate Sugarman, MD

Dr. Kate Sugarman is a family practice physician working in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Sugarman received a B.A. cum laude in general studies from Harvard College and earned an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College.  She has a Diplomate from the National Board of Medical Examiners and from the American Board of Family Practice.  In the past, Dr. Sugarman served as a family doctor at the Lighthouse AIDS Clinic in Rehovot, Israel, where a majority of the patients were from Africa.  Most recently, she worked at the Community of Hope clinic in Washington, D.C.

Ann Marie Willhoite

Ann Marie Willhoite, MA Counseling Psychology

International Clinical Advisor, The Center for Victims of Torture

Ms. Willhoite has worked for the past couple years as an international clinical advisor for mental health in CVT’s International Services programs, where she oversees capacity building of mental health services for torture treatment centers around the world, provides clinical supervision for embedded psychologists, and works on global mental health advocacy in Washington. Previously, Ms.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - CVT PATH Q3 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.

Paul Orieny, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Paul Orieny, PhD, LMFT, works as an International Services Clinical Advisor at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) where he is responsible for supervising field expatriate psychotherapists, and providing clinical oversight to CVT’s international clinical programs operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda. He spent over five years working full time as a CVT psychotherapist, where he worked in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy formats with clients from a wide range of cultural and national backgrounds.

Ken Miller

Associate Professor of Holistic Psychology, Lesley University

Ken Miller is a clinical and community psychologist. He has studied the impacts of adversity on the wellbeing of children and adults for 15 years, and has a particular interest in the development of culturally informed community interventions aimed at fostering healing and optimal development in the wake of trauma and other disruptive events. He is also the Senior Project Coordinator of the War Trauma Foundation, a writer, and a filmmaker.

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Mary Fabri

Dr. Mary Fabri is a clinical psychologist and has worked with torture survivors for more than 25 years.  She was Senior Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training at Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago for 12 years where community-based integrated care is provided.  She served as President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs for 5 years and has been on the Board of Directors of Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) since 2005 and is currently serving as the Chair. Dr.

David Kinzie

Professor of Psychiatry, clinician, and researcher, Oregon Health & Science University,

Dr. David Kinzie founded the Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) in 1977. He currently treats survivors of torture from Bosnia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in the Torture Treatment Center of Oregon, a part of the IPP. Dr. Kinzie is a distinguished fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists and has published widely on the effects of trauma and torture on refugees and immigrants, effective treatment and outcomes.

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Andrea Blanch

Andrea Blanch, PhD & M Psychology, is President and Director of the Center for Religious Tolerance (link is external), a non-profit organization devoted to building interfaith tolerance and peace in areas of global conflict.  She graduated with honors from Cornell University and has Master’s and Doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Vermont.  A former mental health commissioner, Andrea is widely known for her efforts in consumer empowerment, psychiatric rehabilitation, conflict management, and recovery from trauma.

Refugee Survivors of Torture: Trauma and Treatment

Gorman, W. (2001). Refugee survivors of torture: Trauma and treatment. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 32(5), 443-451.

It is increasingly likely that psychologists may be faced with clients who have been tortured, although the significance of this background can be easily unrecognized or mishandled. With the growing incidence of refugees to the United States escaping from organized violence and human rights violations in many parts of the world, the need for psychological assistance in the recovery from torture is well documented.

Richard Shapiro, MD

General and Forensic Psychiatry, Private Practice

Dr. Shapiro has a private practice in general psychiatry in Menlo Park and San Francisco working with adults and adolescents. He is the founder of Golden Gate TMS with an office in downtown Palo Alto. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is double board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr.


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