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.

Amber Gray

Amber Gray is a licensed mental health professional and psychotherapist, board certified dance movement therapist, authorized Continuum Movement teacher and public health professional with extensive experience in clinical service provision, program development and management (including evaluation) and training.

She has worked clinically with survivors of organized violence, torture, war and combat related trauma, ritual abuse, domestic violence, and community violence for over twenty years.

John Briere

John Briere, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine and the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, and Center Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), he is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Robert S.

Laura Murray

Dr. Laura Murray is Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of International Health, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Murray studies the transportability, adaptation and training of these in low-income countries with a focus on youth and families. Dr. Murray is highly trained in numerous evidence-based treatments, with a particular specialty in researching and treating trauma and grief.

Hawthorne Smith, PhD

Hawthorne Smith, Ph.D., Program Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Dr. Smith is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (with distinction) from Teachers College; Columbia University. Among his clinical duties, Dr. Smith has facilitated a support group for French-speaking African survivors of torture for the past 15 years.

S. Megan Berthold

S. Megan Berthold, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor and Director of Field Education at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Dr. Berthold teaches research to doctoral students and courses about trauma, human rights, and clinical practice to MSW students. Areas of specialization include: torture, war and other traumas; posttraumatic stress reactions; mental health; refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants; cross-cultural clinical work; international social work; human rights and social justice.

Michael Grodin

Michael Alan Grodin, M.D., the descendant of four generations of Rabbis and Jewish Educators, is Director of the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Programs at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he is also a Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights. He is Co-Director of the joint project in Jewish Legal Bioethics of the Institute of Jewish Law at the Boston University School of Law.

Richard F. Mollica

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture.

Ed Cohen

Dr. Ed Cohen, MSW & PhD Social Welfare, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University, and frequent consultant with the National Capacity Building Project of the Center for Victims of Torture on the subject of evaluation. Dr. Cohen received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught research methods (UC Berkeley) courses in managed care (UC Davis) and has provided training to mental health agencies in improving agency performance through the use of data and evaluation.

Controlled Trial of Psychotherapy for Congolese Survivors of Sexual Violence

Torture survivors are frequently survivors of sexual assault as well. In this trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 16 villages either received cognitive processing therapy (1 individual session and 11 group sessions) or individual support to female sexual-violence survivors with high levels of PTSD symptoms and combined depression and anxiety symptoms. Group psychotherapy reduced PTSD symptoms and combined depression and anxiety symptoms and improved functioning.

Restorative Retelling: Accommodating Bereavement After the Violent Death of a Loved One

Description

Restorative Retelling is a therapeutic group treatment approach to working with people who have lost loved ones to violent deaths. This model was designed to moderate internalized trauma and separation distress by focusing on three distinct processes within the group:  restoring resilience, retelling and commemorating the living memory of the deceased and self, and “exposing” and retelling the death story.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - CVT PATH Q2 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.

Like a Refugee Camp on First Avenue

Published by the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in 2007, this book addresses contextual issues as well as treatment and service provision issues. Notable chapters include Multicultural Issues in the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: Toward an Interactive Model, Medical Evaluation and Care for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma, Social Service Provision, Supportive Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma, and Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout: Risk Factors, Resilience, and Coping in Caregivers.

Edited by Hawthorne E.

Laura Takacs

Laura Takacs, MSW, MPH, received her MSW and MPH from University of Washington in 2004. For the past 10 years, she has worked both in the United States and abroad with populations who have experienced trauma related to war, displacement, poverty and torture.  For 5 years she worked with combat veterans with the Veterans Administration.  She has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria as a mental health consultant and with UNHCR in Kenya as the Senior Regional Staff Welfare Officer.  Ms.

Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Therapists: Vicarious Resilience and Related Concepts in Training

An integrative training framework articulating multiple perspectives on the impact of trauma work is offered with a training/supervision exercise to address the complex and systemic relationships that affect therapists in both positive and negative manners. The concepts of vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, compassion fatigue, resilience, posttraumatic growth, altruism born of suffering, and reciprocity are reviewed.

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