Social Services

Enhancing Empathy by Measuring Torture Symptoms with Survivors

This is the first part of a two-part training on how to use screening tools with survivors of torture to achieve more than just data collection. The webinar focused on the range of screening tools available to clinicians working with survivors of torture and how they can be used to improve clinical practice, improve evaluation practice, and enhance the capacity for empathy in their work. After this training, service providers will be able to evaluate and chose which screening tools may be most effective to use in their own programs.The presenters are experts from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Northwest Health and Human Rights, and the Marjorie Kovler Center.

Addressing the Needs of Survivors of Torture: A Pilot Test of the Psychosocial Well-Being Index

Survivors of torture experience numerous psychosocial stressors that threaten individual well-being in resettlement. This study reports findings from a pilot test that applied the newly developed Survivors of Torture Psychosocial Well-Being Index. The study used a case-level mixed design to assess survivor psychosocial well-being across 16 life domains from intake up to 18 months. Ecological systems theory grounds this study. Participants demonstrated increased well-being as evidenced by statistically significant change on the mean ratings of their total scores.

Addressing the Needs of Survivors of Torture: A Pilot Test of the Psychosocial Well-Being Index

Early work with the Survivors of Torture Psychosocial Well-being Index (SOT-PWI), developed by Dr. Farber & Joan Hodges-Wu, shows promising results.  Survivors of torture experience numerous psychosocial stressors that threaten individual well-being in resettlement. This study reports findings from a pilot test that applied the newly developed Survivors of Torture Psychosocial Well-Being Index. The study used a case-level mixed design to assess survivor psychosocial well-being across 16 life domains from intake up to 18 months. Ecological systems theory grounds this study.

Group Treatment for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma: A Literature Review

This new literature review was coauthored by The National Capacity Building Project at the Center for Victims of Torture, the National Partnership for Community Training at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, and an expert in the torture rehabilitation field. It was published in Torture Journal (Vol. 26 No. 1).

Group treatment is an approach that can be used with larger groups of survivors and addresses a range of treatment issues. The authors examined key clinical practice issues for group treatment, including group composition and content, facilitation, and measurement strategies. The article points to a growing interest in the topic of group treatment for survivors of torture and severe violence, providing a comprehensive picture of group-based interventions, and highlighting the need for additional research and knowledge-building.

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

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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.

Fact Sheet on Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting

This Fact Sheet, created by the U.S. State Department, is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bahasa, French, Swahili, Somali, and Tigrinya. It provides brief information on the definition of FGM or FGC, its health effects, the illegal nature of the practice in the U.S., and the immigration and other legal consequences of FGM/C.

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

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