Social Services

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.

Questions and Answers about Targeted Case Management

Targeted Case Management is a federal program that is managed by the states, with counties providing the actual case management services either by their own social workers or by contracting with third party vendors for special population groups. For survivor of torture treatment programs that are in a position to take advantage of it, Targeted Case Management can produce strong revenue.

But what does it take for programs to be able to successfully conduct TCM? In this webinar we will have a conversation with representatives from each of the departments in CVT that were involved in launching and conducting CVT's Targeted Case Management Program: Pete Dross will speak to the political process that involves relationship-building with county commissioners and professional health and human services staff; Andrea Northwood will address the internal clinical process of altering the social services/case management function to conform to TCM requirements and training case managers on the new requirements; Gena Holland will speak to the financial/administrative process that facilitates billing.

Information about the U Visa

This information is from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

What is a U visa?

A U Visa grants temporary immigration status to individuals who:
  • Are or have been victims of certain crimes that took place in the United States and
  • Have suffered substantial harm as a result of these crimes and
  • Are assisting, have assisted, or will assist law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of these crimes.

Who can apply for a U visa?

Crime victims who are not U.S. Citizens, nationals or lawful permanent residents can apply for a U Visa.
For crime victims over 21:
  • U Visas are available to the

Couples Therapy with Torture Survivors

Description

Torture and trauma break connections and disrupt attachment bonds with a consequent increase in marital distress. Our clinical experience at CVT confirms the fact that couples’ relationships are dramatically damaged by torture. At the same time, those relationships are instrumental in the survivors’ recovery. Well-designed couples therapy has the potential to help survivor couples deal more effectively with trauma-related marital distress, to assist partners to understand and provide spousal support, to promote treatment engagement, and to strengthen intimate relationships.

The other webinars in the post-family reunification series are:

Manual on Brief Ethnographic Interviewing: Understanding an Issue, Problem or Idea from a Local Perspective

The brief ethnographic interviewing methods described in this manual were originally developed for use by NGO’s providing psychosocial and mental health interventions to address two recurring needs - how to quickly and systematically gather and organize information (needs, problems, beliefs, strengths, etc.) when implementing programs with new populations or communities or develop culturally relevant indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial and mental health interventions.
 
The technique involves using a brief semi-structured interview, framed around a question, to

Case Management 101: Client Boundaries

This video defines boundaries and their role in the professional setting, identifies five categories of boundaries, recognizes common boundary violations, and establishes best practices to use in setting and maintaining boundaries.

This video is the first in the Case Managment 101 video series, featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA. Don't miss the second video, Case Management 101: Writing Case Notes.

Case Management 101: Writing Case Notes

This video includes what case notes are and why good case notes are important, what makes a good case note, provides a structure for writing good case notes, and introduces the concept of the mental status observation, which can be useful in writing case notes.

This video is the second in the Case Managment 101 video series, featuring Joan Hodges-Wu, MA. Don't miss the first video, Case Management 101: Client Boundaries.

Introduction to Case Management 101: a video mini-course

Introduction to Case Management 101:  a video mini-course

Case Management 101 is a video mini-course on the fundamentals of providing case management services to survivors of torture, designed specifically for case managers who are not trained social workers. Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, will introduce two training videos in this webinar session:  “Case Management 101:  Client Boundaries” and “Case Management 101: Writing Case Notes”.  Joan, the creator and presenter, will discuss how these videos may be used in torture treatment  work and also answer any questions that you may have.

Case Management for Immigrant Survivors of Torture: An Examination of HealthRight International’s Access to Support and Services for Survivors of Torture Program (ASSIST)

By Kelly Barneche & Lisa Matos of HealthRight International. Published in Global Social Welfare, March 2014.

This research seeks to determine what impact HealthRight International’s Access to Support and Services for Survivors of Torture (ASSIST) remote case management program has on the physical, psychological, and social well-being of survivors of torture. This is a specialized use of telemedicine. 

A retrospective case record review was conducted of 54 adult foreign-born survivors of torture who received remote case management services through ASSIST.

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