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.

Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part III

Article

Piwowarczyk, L. (2005) Torture and spirituality: engaging the sacred in treatment. Torture 15(1), 1-8

McKinney, Marcus M. "Treatment of survivors of torture: Spiritual domain" TORTURE. Volume 21, No. 1 (2011). (Link is to full article PDF on IRCT site.)

Books

Recommended by Sharmin DeMoss

Brady, The Wisdom of Listening
Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
*Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning 
Henry/Henry, Reclaiming Soul in Health Care
Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying
Lester, Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Means, Trauma and Evil
Napier/DeMoss, Caregiver's

ESL as a Mental Health Intervention

Cultural Adjustment, Mental Health, and ESL:  The Role of the Teacher (attached)
A very helpful resource that includes information on the connection between ESL and mental health.  It is written for ESL teachers and, as it states in the book, “It is not meant to turn ESL providers into therapists or mental health specialists” but it suggests ESL activities to address mental health issues.


Webinar Summary

This webinar is intended for ESL providers. It focuses on the use of ESL as a tool to help better the mental health of torture survivors.

Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part II

Books Referenced:

  • Thomas Moore Care of the Soul 1993. Harper
  • James Hillman Insearch 1994. Spring
  • Carl G. Jung Psychology and Religion: West and East. 1969. Princeton University Press
  • Huguelet and Koenig Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry. 2009. Cambridge University Press

Article:

McKinney, Marcus M. "Treatment of survivors of torture: Spiritual domain" TORTURE. Volume 21, No. 1 (2011). (Link is to full article PDF on IRCT site.)

Dr. McKinney’s Website and contact information:

https://chip.uconn.edu/person/marcus-mckinney/#
860-714-4183
mmckinne@stfranciscare.org

Religion, Spirituality and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part I

Description

In this first webinar of a three-part series on the place of religion in the care of trauma survivors, John Tuskan, co-author of The Spiritual Dimensions of Trauma Healing, focuses on definitions and concepts surrounding spirituality and faith. By outlining the distinctions that separate these realms of internal identity and theological understanding, Tuskan is able to fluidly move the discussion forward into identifying major conclusions from research on religion, health, and mental health and examining the role of religion in response to traumatic stress.

Iraqi Torture Survivors: Panel Discussion with Experienced Service Providers

This webinar is a panel discussion that attempts to answer questions that health care providers face when working with Iraqi torture survivors. Topics include suggestions to work with clients that have deep distrust of officials, fall into social isolation, and have struggles resettling in the United States. The presenters also answer questions from the panel in regards to the emotion of Iraqis in seeking treatment from American health care providers as a result of the on-going conflict in Iraq. Also, ways to work with intra-faith (Sunni/Shia) issues in Iraqi patients.

Iraqi Torture Survivors: Assessment and Clinical Case Review

The first half of this webinar describes various tools that health care providers can use to determine the traumatic history of their clients. ACCESS’ PTSD scale, the Hopkins Checklist25, and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire can all be used to assess the needs of the patient. All of the forms listed in this webinar are bilingual and available on the CVT webpage.

In the second half, the presenters use an anonymous client to describe backgrounds common to Iraqi. The patient was raised by an abusive father and step-mother, and then married into an abusive marriage.

Approaches & Clinical Experiences in Treating Iraqi Torture Survivors

This webinar is designed to aid health care workers and providers with usefull information on Iraqi immigrants who have survived torture and/or trauma. Understanding where the client fall on a cultural continuum is critical for the provider as it can ease the transition to western medicine and traditions. In the first dimension, clients are evaluated as Un-acculturated, Bi-cultural, and Westernized. In the second dimension, the provider must identify the ego strength, cultural identity, and family strictness in the clients they wish to assist.

Additional Resources:

Common Iraqi Attitudes on Mental Health, Responses to Trauma, and Implications for Treatment

Summary:

This webinar sheds light on Iraqi attitudes toward mental health treatment and response to trauma. The objectives are to identify perspectives on mental health and reasons for stigmatization of psychological distress, to describe Iraqi responses to trauma and differences with newer arrivals, and to identify key aspects of the ACCESS psychosocial rehabilitation model for torture survivors.

Backgrounder on New Iraqi Arrivals

Note: The "new" Iraqi arrivals referenced in this webinar were new in 2008. Obviously refugee and immigrant arrivals vary year to year, but the context provided in this webinar is still valuable for those serving Iraqis.

Summary:

This webinar is the first in a series related to recent Iraqi arrivals. The context is focus on the geography, religious groups, social norms, and conflicts that arise with new immigrants. The speakers identify schisms between religious factions (Shi’ite and Sunni, Muslim and Christian) that date back throughout the long history of Iraq.

Selection & Implementation of Evidence Based Practices: Clinical Worldviews in the Care of Torture Survivors: Part 1 of Mollica Series

Dr. Mollica leads this webinar on the imprtance of understanding differing worldviews in the treatment of survivors of torture. As physicians treat patients from traditional societies, understanding their background it critical. Because many patients are not familiar with western medicine, it is important for the service provider to implement numerous components (biological/medical, psychological, social, and spiritual). To accomplish this, Mollica suggests developing a relationship with the patient, gaining their trust, and empathizing with the patient’s personal conditions.

Serving Children who are Torture Survivors

Synopsis

This webinar is intended for therapists working with children who are torture survivors or war traumatized, and it discusses two specific ways of working with these children therapeutically instead of discussing methods to broadly serve them. It also applies to therapists practicing Somatic Psychology and/or Dance Movement Therapy, though non-practitioners can include applicable elements in their own practices.

Motivational Interviewing: Building Readiness for Change

Summary

Motivation is often considered a characteristic fostered and maintained on an individual basis; we describe ourselves as being self-motivated for graduate school, inspired to learn new languages by personal drive, and guided by internal ambition when pursuing new aims. Edward Stellon challenges this notion through this webinar by introducing the concept of motivational interviewing, a tactic for helping clients overcome ambivalence and uncertainty when confronted with the tides of change.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Webinar Summary

This webinar is intended for medical professionals who have some familiarity with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). It is not intended to serve as training in how to practice EMDR. Because of this, this webinar focuses on the application of EMDR to torture survivors rather than an examination of the process of EMDR, leaving some jargon, such as “bilateral stimulation” and “resource installation,” undefined. The webinar includes a brief overview of EMDR, including a broad outline of an average session.

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