Social Services

Strengthening Case Management: The Value of the Therapeutic Dimension

While most torture treatment centers maintain a strict division between mental health and case management services, mental health concepts can be appropriately adjusted for use in a case management setting. This webinar expands on an often limited view of the role of case managers in the treatment of torture survivors. While it does not advocate that case managers become therapists, it suggests they adapt psychoanalytic theory to their jobs in order to promote “empathetic connections” and “safe spaces” in their relationships with clients.

Torture Survivors and their Power: Strengths-based Treatment

Individuals who have been tortured have lost their power during their experiences. The right to stop pain, make choices, and direct one's life are taken away during torture. Using strengths-based approaches, providers can prevent taking their power away again. We can recognize that they are the expert in what they need; they have all that is necessary to survive; and that the power to grow is innate within them. In this webinar we'll discuss some of the theory and methods behind strengths-based care.

After participating in the Webinar participants will be able to: 1) Describe the theory and methods used in strengths-based care. 2) Recognize how strengths-based approaches can inform their own interactions with their clients

Initiatives in Collaboration: Bringing Trauma Care to the Community

The Center for Victims of Torture has a community project entitled “Healing in Partnership”, a primary objective of which is to educate community based organizations (CBOs) about mental health and to bring basic mental health education to trauma affected populations within these settings. This is different from the traditional clinic based approach to providing mental health services. It removes barriers to access to care. It tries to reduce one of the major barriers to seeking assistance: stigma related to mental health.

Assessing Trauma & Associated Symptoms in Refugees & Torture Survivors

In this webinar, Dr. Michael Hollifield, M.D. focuses on clinical care for refugees and torture survivors, and ways to measure trauma symptoms. He reviews numerous measurement instruments, identifying whether each measurement tool has been tested for reliability and validity for certain populations. He reviews how to choose a tool that fits your own needs. He provides many useful attachments, including a set of the “comprehensive trauma inventory” (CTI) forms.

Chapter 4: Social Services

Torture occurs within a cultural and social context. It breaks the connections between individuals and their social environment. It separates the bonds of communities. Social work interventions, therefore, are directed at individuals, their families and immediate environments, community, social, and functional groups, and policies and systems. These are accomplished through direct service, resource development, community interventions, education and training, research, and public policy work.

Healing the Hurt

Healing the Hurt: A Guide for Developing Services for Torture Survivors was developed by The Center for Victims of Torture for practitioners who may or may not have worked previously with torture survivors. It is a multidisciplinary guide that addresses some basic considerations when working with this population. This handbook is a primer, and it should not take the place of more in-depth training in torture treatment. We hope you find this resource helpful in your work with torture survivors. Various chapters are referred to under Providers Resources at HealTorture.org.

Attorneys, Mental Health Professionals Team Up at Massachusetts Center

Story by CVT volunteer Patricia Busse

It’s not typical for attorneys and mental health professionals to serve clients as a team, but lawyer Deirdre Giblin said she couldn’t imagine handling her asylum and refugee cases—often involving incidents of trauma and torture—any other way.

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