Social Services

Working with Chaldeans

The Chaldeans are Roman Catholics from Iraq, whose history predates that of Christ. They have been influential since the beginning of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. Under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, religious freedom became constrained, resulting in ethnic cleansing and mass exodus from the region. Many Chaldeans reported the harsh conditions they faced in the transit states, especially the unavailability of employment opportunities.

Upon arrival in the United States, many face the same concern of employment, as well as other factors that can affect the acculturation

Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: an Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

This webinar is meant to provide clinicians and health care workers with a base of knowledge in working with the Karen people from Burma. The presenters describe the history of the Karen and the Burma, as well as the torture and abuse they are likely to have faced in their homes, and/or refugee camps. Ms. Cook notes the importance placed on religion in the Karen community, affecting all aspects of life. When using an interpreter, it is important to understand the stigmas and associations placed on certain illnesses, especially mental illnesses.

Websites and articles referenced in the

Bhutanese in the U.S.: An Overview for Torture Treatment Programs

Summary

“Where is Bhutan, anyway?” asks Aaron Acharya. “This is a question I get all of the time.” As executive director of the Association for Bhutanese in America, former project coordinator at HealthRight International, and a citizen of Bhutan himself, Acharya is certainly qualified to answer this inquiry.

Yet his mission for this particular webinar extends beyond lessons in geography.

Helping Clients Gain Independence and Self-Sufficiency Through a Bikes for Clients Program

Description

Take two wheels, add some pedals and brakes, and finish with a flourish of gears and you have what Cynthia McArthur considers a valuable tool for helping victims of torture progress in the healing process.  McArthur, long-time volunteer at the Center for Victims of Torture and an avid bicyclist, first recognized the benefits of a bicycle donation program while seeking to combine her background in social work with her love for the sport.

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.

Medications and Torture Survivors: Cost Saving Strategies to Obtain Psychotropic Medications

Note: this webinar was current advice as of 2009. Please check details as medication recommendations do change frequently.

Websites

Searchable, easy to use sites for correct forms to apply for specific medication or medications:

http://www.rxassist.org/

https://medicineassistancetool.org/

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